New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill seeking to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor, with most parties backing the measure, described by the government as “historic” and in the country’s interest.

As many as 323 members voted in support of bill and only three voted against, underlining the cross-party support the politically crucial bill elicited.

The Bill seeks to amend Article 15 of the Constitution, by adding a clause which allows states to make “special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens”.

These “special provisions” would relate to “their admission to educational institutions, including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the state, other than the minority educational institutions”.

Here is who said what:

PM Narendra Modi

“The passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha is a landmark moment in our nation’s history. It sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society.”

“I thank MPs from all the parties who supported The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. I also appreciate those MP colleagues who enriched today’s debate with their views.”

“We are resolutely committed to the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’ It is our endeavour to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and gets access to all possible opportunities.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh

“It’s a historic bill. Those people who couldn’t get the benefits of reservation till now will be benefited. It had been a demand of people since a long time. This bill has been brought in interest of the nation. I’m assured that it’ll be passed in Rajya Sabha also.”

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

“I felt good as my children used to ask me ‘what about us, what about economically weak, will only caste matter?’. Many questions were answered today. It’ll be very beneficial in the long run.”

BJP President Amit Shah

“Modi government making dreams of every section of the society a reality. I congratulate PM Narendra Modi ji and all my associates on the passage of the historic bill providing quota to economically weaker class.”

Smriti Irani

“Congratulations to PM Modi & Lok Sabha members for passing The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 – an historic, path-breaking measure that will help empower economically weaker sections of society; truly ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.”