New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday presented the Constitution Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The bill seeks to amend Article 15 and 16 of the Constitution to enable 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections from the general category. While the Congress and Samajwadi Party supported the bill, AIADMK and RJD opposed it.
Congress supported the bill
The Congress party supports the constitution amendment bill for the 10% reservation for the General Castes, said Anand Sharma.
Anand Sharma said, “You (the government) would have never brought this bill. It’s just that people have shown you that you have to work for the welfare of the people. The entire country knows what you promised and what you delivered. Why is that you did not bring the Women Reservation Bill? You brought triple talaq but you don’t care about other women. Bring the law tonight, extend the Lok Sabha session, and we will support it (the Women Reservation Bill).”
Samajwadi Party supported the bill
The government should also provide reservation in the private sector, says Ram Gopal Yadav. “Now when you have broken the 50 per cent reservation barrier, I request the government to bring 54 per cent reservation for the OBCs.”
Yadav said his party supports the quota bill. However, he added that the government’s intention behind bringing the bill is not right. “The bill is against SC’s bigger bench decision, which can now uphold it. Moreover, there are no jobs so the talk of reservation would be a cheating,” he added.
AIADMK opposes the bill
AIADMK member A. Navaneethakrishnan said, “The state of Tamil Nadu will suffer the most due to this bill. The Supreme Court has already said that no government can bring a change in the basic structure of the Constitution. Now the bill will be challenged in the Supreme Court on these same logics, and the apex court will then reject it.”