New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday accused the government of not being serious on passage of the constitution amendment bill that sought to confer constitutional status on the Backward Classes Commission. Also Read - Vadodara Election Result LIVE: BJP leads on 10 Seats

In a tweet, Chidambaram said: “Congress and opposition parties supported OBC Bill. Government should have gracefully accepted amendments that strengthened Bill.” Also Read - Surat Municipal Election Results 2021: BJP Leading on 47 Seats, AAP Ahead of Congress

Earlier in the day, the government had to suffer an embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha when it could not ensure passage of a bill to give constitutional status to the Backward Classes Commission, with the opposition succeeding in amending an important provision. Also Read - Gujarat Municipal Election Result 2021: BJP Retains All Six Corporations, PM Modi Thanks Voters

Lambasting the government over the issue, the former Finance Minister said the amendments had been there with the upper House for several days but the government did not engage the opposition to work out an agreement.

“Government was totally unprepared and nonchalant. Did not even have full strength!” Chidambaram wrote.

“Constitution Amendment is serious business. Government not at all serious,” he added.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.