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RS revokes suspension of 4 SP members
Published on 16 Mar. 2010 12:50 AM IST
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The Rajya Sabha Monday revoked the suspension of four Samajwadi Party (SP) members, amongst the seven MPs against whom action was taken for their unruly behaviour before the debate on the women’s reservation bill last week. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal moved a motion recommending termination of action taken against Veerpal Singh Yadav, Nand Kishore Yadav, Amir Alam Khan and Kamal Akhtar after question hour in the Rajya Sabha. The four SP MPs were suspended last week Tuesday along with Subhash Prasad Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Ejaz Ali of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Sabir Ali of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) following protests against the bill reserving 33 percent seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures for women. After the motion was moved, Deputy Chairman K. Rahman Khan took sense of the house and announced that the suspension of four members had been “terminated”. The four SP members had last week met Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari along with other party leaders. However, the government has not yet moved in case of the other three as they have not met Ansari to express regret over their behaviour, official sources said. Opposition parties have demanded that the suspension of all seven members be revoked but the government and treasury benches have insisted that the suspended members should first meet the chairman. Bansal had indicated last week that the government would bring motion for revoking suspension of members only after they meet the chairman. Cong nixes Pawar’s idea to reduce women’s quota The Congress Monday rejected Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar’s suggestion to reduce the women’s reservation quota from 33 percent to about 20-21 percent to help arrive at a consensus, and said there is no question of diluting the legislation. “Absolutely no such idea,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said. Pawar, who is also union agriculture minister, said at an NCP rally in Karla near Pune Sunday that he had counselled Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav not to stall the passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha as their views on the quota for backward castes and minorities could be considered. “A reduction in the proposed 33 percent reservation can be considered, to arrive at a consensus,” Pawar said. But the Congress spokesperson said here, “There is no cause for speculation (about the bill)”, and “everything will be discussed and clarified within the coalition”. The Rajya Sabha last week passed the historic bill giving one-third representation to women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has said he, along with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav, would continue to fight the bill.

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