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Govt saved the blushes as YSRC MP who tabled pvt bill in Rajya Sabha walks out | India News

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday was saved an embarrassment after YSR Congress member Vijay Sai Reddy preferred to walk out from the Rajya Sabha rather than insist for a vote on the private member’s bill seeking reservations for other backward classes in Parliament and state assemblies on the lines of the reservations for SCs and STs.
Though Reddy recorded his disappointment saying that the government was not cooperating and “the rules of the House are not being followed” to justify his walking out, it actually came as a big relief for the treasury. It first tried to convince him to withdraw the bill and even referred to the constitutional provision to put forth the argument that the bill could not be put to vote.
Reddy had moved The Constitution (Amendment) Bill on June 21, last year and the debate concluded on Friday. Fourteen MPs had participated in the discussion.
Interestingly, the government allowed complete discussion on the bill and even Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday responded to the issues flagged by the speakers. But when Reddy pressed for voting, Prasad raised objection saying “voting can’t take place” since it required a constitutional amendment. He said it required a majority of two-third members present and voting. Even Leader of the House, Thawar Chand Gehlot said that the opposition was “doing wrong” by supporting the demand for voting.
He added that bill cannot be put to vote unless at least 50% of the members were present. All this happened amid opposition backing Reddy’s call for vote assuring him of support to put the BJP in a spot. There was a thin attendance in the House. However, during the tussle, more BJP MPs came to the House.
Soon after Reddy walked out, vice-chairman Satyanarayan Jatiya put the motion moved by the YRS Congress MP to vote asking, “That the bill further to amend the Constitution, be taken into consideration”. This was rejected by a voice vote.

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