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Quota Bill brawl shames Parliament as MPs come to blows


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN-IBN
Sep 05, 2012 at 10:44pm IST

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New Delhi: In yet another low, the fight over SCs/STs Quota Bill ended in a scuffle between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi party (SP). The MPs feel they did nothing wrong.

The Bill was finally tabled but couldn't be taken up for discussion which comes as no surprise because that is what the government had planned anyway.

But for the SP and the BSP, it is their votebank politics in full display. BSP supremo Mayawati, who has been pushing for this bill, both when she was in power in Uttar Pradesh and now here blamed both the NDA and the UPA.

But for the SP, the SC and ST votes don't mean much and hence their fierce opposition to the bill. The Congress hopes that this delay on the bill would help it to counter the BJP's sharp campaign against the Prime Minister.

The government knows that it is unlikely that the bill will be passed in this session but it played a political game. Unfortunately, these games of one upmanship by political parties has only repeatedly diminished stature of Parliament.

What the government hopes to prove is that the BJP's protests has been a roadblock to passage of key bills like pension, banking and now quota bill. The Congress' plan is to blame the entire policy paralysis on the BJP.

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