The bill for providing quota to members of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in promotion in government jobs was on Monday passed in the Rajya Sabha by an overwhelming majority. As many as 184 votes were cast in favour of the bill while there were eight votes against it.
Following the passage in the Upper House of Parliament, the promotion quota bill will now be sent to the Lok Sabha, the next and final test for the bill. Notably, the bill was introduced and passed in the Rajya Sabha despite the Samajwadi Party threatening to withdraw its support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
The Samajwadi Party had strongly opposed the bill in Parliament and its MPs had even staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha expressing their objection to the bill, even as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had appealed to all the members to vote in favour of the bill.
Source : IBN Live