Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 08:46:37 AM
New Delhi: Accusing the government of not being serious about the SC/ST quota promotion bill, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday lashed out at Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who is chairman of the Rajya Sabha for not taking interest in the house after Question Hour.
A visibly upset Mayawati interrupted the smooth functioning of Question Hour. She insisted that Vice-President Ansari preside over the house throughout the day. “You will go away at 12 pm. It is your responsibility to ensure that the house functions smoothly,” she said.
|A CCTV grab of Vice-President Hamid Ansari and BSP chief Mayawati arguing in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday
Presiding officers and ministers were shocked at Mayawati’s diatribe. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien told Mayawati that the chairman, only presides over the Question Hour. “That is the practice.
The BSP leader should have known this by now. The rest of the time, the house is presided over by me and a panel. She should have directed her ire at me, not at the chairman,” Kurien said.
PM upset with Maya's tirade
Mayawati’s comments against Ansari were expunged from the record. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also called up Ansari to convey that he was “upset” with the BSP chief’s comments.
Sources said that Mayawati was running out of patience as the Rajya Sabha had been disrupted several times in the past two weeks, ever since her controversial quota bill was listed for discussion and voting.
That is the reason why she is seeking suspension of nine Samajwadi Party MPs from the Rajya Sabha as they are against the quota bill, said a political observer. “Mayawati’s attack at Ansari is unacceptable.
She backed the government on the FDI thinking it will pass her quota bill, but now the BSP is trapped in its own mistake,” said SP member Mohan Singh. The SP leader is confident that the government will not suspend him and his colleagues from the Rajya Sabha.
“How many MPs can Mayawati get suspended?” he asked. “It is not just SP that is opposing the bill, even the Congress and BJP do not want it.” Sources said that if SP MPs are suspended, the BJP MPs plan to walk out when the bill is taken.
The bill cannot become a law as the constitutional amendment bill requires approval of 2/3 members. A section of the Congress leaders are not comfortable with Mayawati’s arm-twisting tactics. “We should not have taken BSP’s support during the FDI vote,” said a Congress leader.