NEW DELHI (TIP): Repeated adjournments and disruptions on December 20 marred the proceedings in the Lok Sabha, which was adjourned sine die later in the day, with the bill to provide reservation for the SCs and STs in government job promotions, getting blocked by BJP and Samajwadi Party members. The bill, supported vigorously by Mayawati’s BSP, got through the Rajya Sabha on Monday amid protests and walk-out by the SP. Minutes before the month-long winter session ended, Speaker Meira Kumar regretted that her efforts to get the bill through did not succeed.
On Wednesday, the House witnessed high drama and scuffles as a SP member snatched a copy of the bill from Minister of State V. Narayansamy, even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi, amid jostling, tried in vain to retrieve it. On the last day, the House was adjourned repeatedly, what with the pandemonium created by the SP and the BJP. As soon as Mr. Narayansamy moved the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012, SP members rushed to the well, raising slogans.