New Delhi: A day after the Union Cabinet approved it, the reservation bill for economically weaker upper castes is likely to be introduced in Parliament on Tuesday. Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot is likely to introduce it in Parliament.
The provision would apply to upper castes such as Brahmins, Rajputs, Banias, as well as Jats that do not come under Other Backward Classes category. Currently, there is no such reservation in the general category.
For the same, the ongoing winter session of the Rajya Sabha has been extended by a day, till Wednesday, as the Centre hopes to push through a Constitutional amendment bill that will introduce a 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections under the general category. A Constitution amendment bill needs to be passed with a two-thirds majority of the house.
The BJP has issued a three-line whip to all its MPs to be present in the House when the Constitution amendment bill is introduced.
The Centre’s move has attracted criticism from the Opposition. The Congress said the decision was taken with an eye on the coming elections. TMC’s Mamata Banerjee wondered if it was even constitutionally valid.
AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi said the Constitution doesn’t permit reservations on economic grounds and quota is meant to correct historical injustices. The Samajwadi Party said the decision was meant to “fool” people and pointed out how the BJP was yet to deliver on its other promises.
Party spokesperson Anurag Bhadauria said, “The Modi government had promised Rs 15 lakh to everyone and two crore jobs. None of that has been seen on the ground. This is just a political gimmick and such proposals never materialise. The BJP is very clever in fooling people ahead of the general elections. However, people are aware of all these gimmicks and they will teach a lesson to the BJP in 2019.”