Quota bill: Mayawati targets RS Chairman, warns govt

HAmid Ansari

Ansari told the BSP chief that it was the responsibility of everyone to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

"You are a senior leader...the House is run with the cooperation with everyone. The House is running right now. You please allow the House to run," he told Mayawati.

She shot back, "I am not not ready to listen to anything. You are the Chairman. After 12 noon you go away. Then whose responsibility is it to run the government.

As she did not relent and her party colleagues shouted slogans against the government like 'dalit virodhi ye sarkar nahi chalegi' (anti-dalit government is not acceptable).

Ansari then adjourned the House till noon. Similar scenes later forced one more adjournment and finally for the day.

Rules do not not permit a member to question the Chair on any issue, more so on his presence or absence.

Later, Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament that her outburst in Parliament was the "first step" of her tough stance that she is going to adopt as she accused government of not seeming to be serious about passage of the bill.

"I had said two days ago that BSP would adopt a 'tough' stand. It is the responsibility of the government and the Rajya Sabha Chairman to bring the House in order...Today's (outburst) was our first tough stand in Rajya Sabha. We will take our next stand at an appropriate time," Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament House.

"If the government is actually serious about the passage of the bill and other public interest legislations, then the government as well as the Chairman should see that the House should function in order," she said.

The BSP Chief said that she has been observing for a few days that the proceedings in Rajya Sabha have been disrupted after 12 noon.

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