New Delhi, December 22: Soon after the much debated Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill 2015 was passed in Rajya Sabha through voice vote on Tuesday, all the political parties started taking the credit for it success. Though major sections of politicians — including from BJP and Trinamool Congress — were happy with the verdict, leaders from CPI-M sought wanted the Bill to be sent to a Select Committee.Also Read - No Outsiders Were in Parliament: Centre Seeks Apology From Opposition For Creating Ruckus in Rajya Sabha

Speaking to the media after the Upper House was adjourned for the day, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu was seen satisfied and happy. He said, “Frankly speaking, because of public pressure and by seeing the public mood, today discussion happened. The bill has been passed in Rajya Sabha, people will be happy with this. I am satisfied.” Echoing the same issues, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Lieutenant-Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore said that though the Bill was delayed, but he is happy that it finally got passed. (ALSO READ: Juvenile Justice Bill a tribute to my daughter: Nirbhaya’s father) Also Read - Spent a Sleepless Night: Venkaiah Naidu Breaks Down in Rajya Sabha Over Ruckus by Oppn in House

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien took the credit for forcing the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government to initiate the Bill in the Winter Session of the Parliament. He said, “We are happy that the bill has been passed and more happy that TMC took lead in passing this.” However, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury was seen unhappy with it and they staged a walk out from the Upper House. Expressing his concerns, he said to the media, “I think the Bill should have been sent to the Select Committee.” Also Read - Rajya Sabha Congratulates PV Sindhu For Winning Olympic Medal

According to the new Amendment passed in the Bill, the age criteria for which a punishment for a juvenile can be announced has been decreased to 16 from 18. Also, in the latest bill, the Juvenile Justice Board will have a women in their commission and will have the power to decide on the fate of the convict on how much time he/she will spend in the rehabilitation home. In the new Bill, the juvenile has been exempted from life sentence and corporal punishment. This all happened soon after the juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya rape case was released by the Supreme Court. (ALSO READ: Juvenile Justice Bill: Rajya Sabha members unite for strict law, discuss on permissible age limit for punishment)