BJP unlikely to oblige on promotion quota bill
05 Sep, 2012 7:38a.m.
Despite the part's support towards the reservations in promotions for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, the BJP is unlikely to oblige on promotion quota bill. The party has decided that it will continue its protest on the coal scam.
BJP members have been creating a ruckus over the coal scam, and a constitutional bill, which requires at least two-third of the members to be present in the house, and at least two third votes in favour of the bill that cannot be passed amidst din, unlike other bills the government has got passed.
The decision not to change the stand was taken at the meeting of top party leaders at senior party's leader LK Advani's house. The meeting was attended by Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi, Venkaiah Naidu, Ravishankar Prasad, and Anant Kumar, along with Mr Advani and others.
The BJP has been demanding cancellation of allotted coal blocks and a fair probe in allocations in lieu of a Comptroller and Auditor General report that revealed $37 billion loss to the exchequer due to faulty allocation of coal blocks.
Mayawati had requested the BJP to let Parliament function for passing a bill on reservations in promotions for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. A senior party leader told that the BJP will cooperate with Maya as much as the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) has reciprocated in the past. The BJP had attempted to woo BSP to join them against government on the coal scam, but Ms Mayawati remained silent on the issue..
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the constitutional amendment bill.
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