SP MPs snatch quota Bill, tear it
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Subsequently, Yadav held a closed-door meeting of party MPs before making a statement to the media. He had also sent party MPs to the broadcasting chamber of Lok Sabha TV channel to see footage of the incident but the MPs returned empty handed.
Yadav put up a brave front as he stuck to the party's opposition to the Bill and sounded unapologetic about the incident, blaming the Congress for "insulting" his party MP without naming Sonia Gandhi. "Congress has insulted our MP. Our MP was beaten and now the channel has deleted the clipping. What was done to our MP is insulting," he told reporters with Singh on his side.
"It is our MP who was manhandled and you expect us to apologise? What are you talking?" Yadav told The Indian Express on his way out of the Parliament. Kamal Nath, however, sought to blame the SP members and criticised their behaviour as undemocratic.
"In democracy, if you are against something, you vote against it. But you can't do this. I condemn it. If they show such an attitude, there is no need for democracy or Parliament or the media. We will urge the speaker to condemn it and take action against the member," Nath told reporters.
He also asserted that the government will push the Bill through Lok Sabha on the last day of the winter session on Thursday. "The Bill will be taken up tomorrow when the House meets," Nath said.
The SP chief, however, indicated that his party will continue its opposition. "Our struggle will continue. This is an unconstitutional bill. Congress is forcefully trying to bring it. When the Congress goes to the people it will realise the serious repercussions," Yadav said. While the BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, Gopinath Munde, termed the incident as "unfortunate", he blamed the Congress and "condemned" its behaviour. Given internal differences within the BJP with a large number of its Lok Sabha members opposed to the Bill, the attempt by several BJP members to blame Congress further indicated their aversion to support the Bill despite the party's support to it in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
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