WHILE the official line of the Samajwadi Party is an almost militant opposition to the proposed legislation to allow quotas to SCs/STs in promotions in government jobs, it is caught in an unenviable position on the issue. It has the largest chunk of MPs from constituencies reserved for SCs in Uttar Pradesh — 10 out of 17. Convincing them to oppose the Bill, which is being seen as a huge sop to the SC/ST community, is likely to require a Herculean effort from the top leadership of the party. The BSP, which is pushing strongly for the Bill, has only two of SC seats from UP. However, in the Rajya Sabha, where the Bill is to be introduced and the initial battle fought, the Samajwadi Party has no SC MP.
THE government did not deem it fit to give him a one-year extension, but cannot seem to do without
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