High drama prevailed in the Lok Sabha today when in an attempt to prevent the quota for promotions bill from being tabled, an MP from the Samajwadi Party snatched the Quota Bill from Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy while he was reading it out.
Narayanasamy was startled and it took him a couple of minutes to realise what had just happened.
The Samajwadi Party members had been protesting on the floor of the House to protest against the bill being tabled, when the MP Yashvir Singh saw an opportunity and snatched the papers out of the minister’s hands. He had earlier sneaked in from the well of the House and managed to side step a couple of MPs flanking Narayanasamy to prevent someone from grabbing the bill from him.
As soon as she realised what was happening, Congress president Sonia Gandhi tried to grab them from Singh’s hand but he quickly passed it on to another MP who kept it out of her reach.
Following the snatching of the bill, a minor scuffle broke out between Congress and Samajwadi Party MPs, reported IBN-Live.
After this incident Meira Kumar adjourned the house till Friday.
The Samajwadi Party has opposed the passage of the bill but was unable to prevent it from being tabled in the Rajya Sabha where it was passed by a thumping majority.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that the MPs could have debated or discussed the bill instead of acting in such a ‘deplorable’ manner.
“It sets a precedence that 10 to 20 MPs who may oppose a bill can hold the House to ransom,” an upset Kamal Nath told reporters outside Parliament