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Rajya Sabha passes Quota Bill

New Delhi: The Parliament on Wednesday approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education with the government terming the landmark move as 'slog over sixes'.

Live from Rajya Sabha

As the uproar continued in the House since the opposition members were agitated over the extension of the House's sitting by another day without taking them into confidence, the Chair adjourned the House for a short while.

However, the House continued to witness noisy scenes when resumed at 2 pm to take up the proceedings.

A day after Lok Sabha approved The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in favour and 7 against.

In the last leg of the legislative process, the Bill will now go to the President for approval.

And once its gets his ascent, it will become the law that will give economically weaker sections in the general category 10 per cent reservation in education as well as central and state government jobs.

The Bill comes just four months ahead of Lok Sabha polls and weeks after BJP faced the wrath of the upper castes especially in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan following its aggressive push to win over backward classes and dalits, and is being seen as an attempt by the party to win over the upper castes.

Constitution envisages quota for socially and educationally backward classes besides SC and STs, but has no mention of economically weaker section.

The amendment bill seeks to insert a clause in Sections 15 and 16 of the Constitution.

A Constitution amendment bill requires support from at least two-thirds of members present and voting in the both Houses of Parliament.

The Lok Sabha passed the bill with 323 voting in favour and three against.


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  • Prasanna Acharya, BJD MP said, " What is happening in Sabarimala? One side when you are opposing triple talaq, the other side you are preventing women from entering a temple. The government must stopping taking double stands. My party, BJP is in full support for the reservation bill."
  • "Congress is disappointed with the govt's stand on women empowerment. India lost 100 Cr jobs for youth. Let the bill come", Derek O Brien, AITC MP
  • AIADMK MP, Navaneethakrishnan opposed the bill and mentioned that the 10% quota idea is not a new idea
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  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12.00 pm
  • The country expects the House to function. As per normal working days, we should have been working, on most of them the House stood adjourned. There is one extra day to consider legislations~ Arun Jaitley
  • The way the House proceedings were extended without the consent of the opposition parties was not right. The situation now is such that there is no dialouge b/w opposition& govt. The govt is foremost responsible if the House doesn't function~Anand Sharma,Congress
  • Ruckus in the Rajya Sabha with opposition parties questioning government over the move to extend session by one day
  • The government wants to extend the functioning of the House by a day as there are important bills to be passed~Vijay Goel
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