New Delhi: 5:40 pm: The CPM on Thursday supported the quota bill in Parliament asking the Samajwadi Party to not disrupt the House on the issue. The CPM said it supported constitutional amendments to this effect and suggested creation of "supernumerary post" to enable officers get their due.
4:25 pm: Voting on promotion quota bill is likely to take place on Monday.
4.15 pm: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati speaks on the issue of quota promotion bill in the Rajya Sabha. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that she was also in favour of giving reservation to people from the upper caste who are economically weak.
The BSP chief further pointed that her party was never opposed to quota in promotion to those from the backward classes, but added that according to data, those in the SC, ST categories needed promotions in government services.
4.06 pm: 18 lakh government employees and officers in Uttar Pradesh go on a flash strike with immediate effect against the introduction of quota bill in the Rajya Sabha.
3.39 pm: Enraged SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav likens the situation inside the House to that of the epic Mahabharata where "everyone sat witnessing injustice".
3.36 pm: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley addresses House over the proposed quota bill, sources say the party is likely to move amendments.
3.27 pm: MoS PMO V Narayanasamy introduces quota bill in the House.
3.18 pm: Rajya Sabha resumes. SP MPs continue their protests against SC/ST quota bill. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asks another SP MP Munawwar Salim to withdraw and threatens to call marshalls if he doesn't abide. The SP stages a walkout.
2.55 pm: Rajya Sabha resumes. Congress leader Kamal Nath says the SP MP who was named by the Speaker must withdraw from the House for the rest of the day. As uproar continues, House is adjourned for 15 minutes.
2.30 pm: RS Deputy Chairman evicts SP MP Arvind Kumar from the House after continued uproar over SC/ST quota bill. The Speaker repeatedly warns that he will name the protesting SP MPs and even asks them to leave the House. While initially saying otherwise, he later adjourns the House for ten minutes.
1.09 pm: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha says he is okay with the Banking bill without the 'forward contract' clause.
12.44 pm: BSP supremo Mayawati urges MPs to rise above politics and aid the passing of the SC/ST quota bill. She expresses confidence in the Rajya Sabha Chairman.
12.30 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to the Opposition to let the House function after continuous uproar over the thorny issue of Afzal Guru's hanging disrupts proceedings.
Thursday marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attack on Parliament that left 9 people dead and 18 injured. But there was ruckus in Parliament after BJP's demand for an adjournment of Lok Sabha to discuss the delay in hanging of convict Afzal Guru, which was rejected by the Speaker.
Following the ruckus, an angry Meira Kumar said, "Today people sacrificed their lives, they did not sacrifice their lives for this (Uproar). Today the House will not be adjourned."
Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj has also demanded that Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde makes a statement in Parliament on the status of the mercy petition. Parliamentarians paid their respects to the security officers, who lost their lives in the 2001 attack.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that a decision on convict Afzal Guru's mercy petition will be taken after the current Parliament session ends. On Wednesday, the widow of one of the security personnel killed in the strike appealed to the government to carry out death sentence on Guru. Delhi Police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Nanak Chand lost his life in the attack and was posthumously conferred with a bravery award in recognition of his sacrifice. His wife Gangadevi, however, said his family members had returned that medal to the government to press for Guru's execution.
President of All-India Anti-Terrorism Front, Maninderjit Singh Bitta also demanded that Guru should be executed. Gangadevi appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to respect the wishes of the family members of the martyred security personnel who wanted justice to be done in the case.
She said that the late ASI's father, 80-year-old Mangeram, himself a retired police constable, was living with the hope that the government would do justice to his son and his surviving family members. Afzal Guru was sentenced to death on December 18, 2002, by a trial court, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court on October 29, 2003.
His appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court on August 4, 2005. His mercy plea is pending and Shinde has said he will study the file after Parliament's winter session ends on December 22.
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