Parliament Passes Centre's 10% Quota For Economically Weak: 10 Points

Parliament Passes Centre

Rajya Sabha Takes Up Quota Bill, Exposes Rift In Opposition 

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha has passed the bill that reserves 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for people from general category who also belong to the economically weaker sections, became possible. Some of the opposition party demanded the bill to be sent to a select committee for scrutiny. The demand was however, turned down. Last evening the bill was passed by the Lok Sabha and will now have to be signed off by the President. The government's move has been slammed by the opposition parties as political, meant to reap benefits in the coming national elections. PM Modi has pointed out that elections are held in the country every few months.

Here's 10 points:

1. The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajya Sabha with 165 'ayes'.  Only 7 lawmakers voted against it. The bill was presented in the Rajya Sabha today by Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

2. "Delighted the Rajya Sabha has passed The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019. Glad to see such widespread support for the Bill. The House also witnessed a vibrant debate, where several members expressed their insightful opinions," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

3. Yesterday, the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with the support of 323 lawmakers. Only three lawmakers were against it.

4. This morning the Rajya Sabha was temporarily adjourned as the Congress and several other parties protested, demanding that the bill be sent to a select committee for scrutiny. The demand has been supported by the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Left Front and Tamil Nadu's opposition DMK.

5. Vijay Goel, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister accused the opposition of trying to stall the bill, which is meant for the welfare of the poor. The Congress party which said that they supported the bill, had said that they did not agree with the manner in which it has been brought. The House was then adjourned till 2 pm.

6. "Some people question why have I done this before the elections. You tell me - do any few months go by without elections? So when should I have done this? This is why I keep it on saying that state and central elections should happen together," PM Modi said at a rally in Agra.

7. However, the bill exposed rifts within the opposition, which is trying to project a united front to take on the BJP in the national elections late this year. Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party have refused to back the demand for scrutiny by a select parliamentary committee.

8. The Congress, which supported the idea of a joint committee, initially adopted a "wait and watch" policy. A Congress leader said, "We had no other option as we had committed to support this."

9. In order to pass a constitution amendment bill, two-thirds majority is needed in each house, as the constitution does not provide for reservation on the ground of economic conditions, an amendment is required.

10. The Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, and several traders belonging to the Kapu and Kamma communities are expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes. The economically deprived among the other religions will also benefit.