New Delhi, Dec 19 (IBNS): The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Wednesday after a scuffle broke out between Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) MPs over the SC/ST promotion quota bill.
The Lok Sabha witnessed high drama when a SP MP Yashvir Singh snatched the SC/ST Quota in Promotion Bill [Constitution (117th Amendment)] from Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V Narayanasamy when he was reading it in the House.
Singh passed the bill to another SP member Neeraj Shekhar when Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi tried to retrieve it.
A minor scuffle broke out between Congress and SP MPs following the incident.
Amid ruckus, the Lower House was adjourned for the day.
The House was adjourned repeatedly on Wednesday after SP members created ruckus in the house over the SC/ST promotion quota bill.
SP members earlier in the day rushed to the Well and raised slogans against the bill after Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour.
SC members were seen shouting: "Promotion main aarakshan, nahi chalega, nahi chalega (Reservation in promotions will not work)."
Reacting on the matter, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told media: "It is a very unfortunate day for Parliament..You cannot come and snatch papers."
The Lok Sabha was scheduled to vote on the promotion quota bill on Wednesday.
The bill calls for reservation in promotions in government jobs for Dalits and tribal people.
The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the promotion quota bill, paving the way for a constitutional amendment to allow reservation in government job promotions for Dalits, after the issue was caught in a tussle between its strong supporters like Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the stiff opposition by the SP.
While 206 votes were cast in favour of the Bill, only 10 (nine of them SP lawmakers) were against it of the total 216 votes.