New Delhi: After much debate and opposition from the Samajwadi Party, the quota bill on promotions in government services was passed in the Rajya Sabha. The bill was passed almost unanimous with 206 voting for and only 10 against it, despite the Samajwadi Party disrupting both houses to protest the bill.
Taking credit for the quota bill, Mayawati said, "The Bahujan Samajwadi Party has struggled a lot for the Quota bill to be passed. We urge all parties to help pass it in the Lok Sabha as well. It will be a good thing for the country."
Samajwadi Party even asked for reservation for minorities in jobs and promotions. Mulayam has also hinted at reviewing support to the UPA. The bill will be taken up for debate and voting in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday where the SP is expected to play spoiler BSP chief Mayawati who has been a big proponent, has appealed for all parties to get the bill passed in the lower house too.
"If we had not fought hard for it, then perhaps we could not have achieved what we got today. We are feeling good today and our supporters also must be feeling so. I want to thank both the Government and the Opposition on behalf of my party," Mayawati said.
Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House complex, she expressed hope that the Bill would be approved by the Lok Sabha also. "I want to request all the parties including the UPA and its allies, the BJP and all the NDA allies to get this bill cleared in the Lok Sabha also," she said.
The Bill, which was being opposed by the Samajwadi Party, and over which the House was adjourned frequently, could be moved for discussion only after Mayawati strongly put across her demands before the Chairman last week.
Mayawati also attacked the Samajwadi Party for suggesting that quota was benefitting only a few SC/ST castes saying there were a large number of backward castes in UP but "only the Yadavs were benefitting".
With additional information from PTI