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    Parliament: Rajya Sabha passes Reservation Bill giving 10% quota for upper caste EWS

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    The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019, which provides 10 percent quota in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category has been passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday, with the opposition backing it despite reservations over the timing and calling it an "election gimmick". The Narendra Modi government, which is eyeing upper caste votes in the coming general elections after its losses in recent Assembly elections, introduced the Bill and got it passed the same day by a special majority as mandatorily. This blog will keep you posted on the latest updates and developments related to the Bill today:

    Parliament: Rajya Sabha passes Reservation Bill giving 10% quota for upper caste EWS
    • After Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha passes 10% reservation for upper caste poor ## After Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha passes 10% reservation for upper caste poor

      Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a landmark bill to provide 10 percent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor.

      Yesterday, Lok Sabha passed the bill with 323 members voted in support of the bill, which seeks to amend Article 15 and 16 of the Constitution to enable reservation for the "economically weaker" sections in the general category, which had so far been kept out of the quota ambit. Three members voted against the bill.

    • The Constitution (124rd Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed by Upper House. ## The Constitution (124rd Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed by Upper House. 

    • The House has moved for Division on motion moved by DMK's Kanimozhi for the Bill to be scrutinised by Select Committee of the Parliament. ## The House has moved for Division on motion moved by DMK's Kanimozhi for the Bill to be scrutinised by Select Committee of the Parliament. 

    • "Why vote if not in favor of the Bill?" asked Amar Singh, Independent MP. ## "Why vote if not in favor of the Bill?" asked Amar Singh, Independent MP. 

    • The way that this government has been functioning... the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and vice-versa, said Ahmed Patel, Congress. ## The way that this government has been functioning... the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and vice-versa, said Ahmed Patel, Congress. 

    • 'Atkana', 'latkana' and 'bhatkana' was the concept followed by Congress, said GVL Narasimha Rao. ## 'Atkana', 'latkana' and 'bhatkana' was the concept followed by Congress, said GVL Narasimha Rao. 

    • "This Bill was brought in keeping into mind elections... you should do whatever you can to win elections, and will do the same," said Ramdas Athawale, Republican Party of India (RPI). ## "This Bill was brought in keeping into mind elections... you should do whatever you can to win elections, and will do the same," said Ramdas Athawale, Republican Party of India (RPI). 

    • Muslims are the poorest. Not many people mentioned Muslims, even though a lot of speeches were made, said Husain Dalwai of Congress. ## Muslims are the poorest. Not many people mentioned Muslims, even though a lot of speeches were made, said Husain Dalwai of Congress.

    •  "I welcome this Bill, but who is poor? A person who has Rs 8 lakh as his or her income cannot be called poor," said Hussain Dalwai of Congress. ## "I welcome this Bill, but who is poor? A person who has Rs 8 lakh as his or her income cannot be called poor, said Hussain Dalwai of Congress."

    • BJP's has always been against reservation, so I welcome this Bill, said Hussain Dalwai from Congress.## BJP's has always been against reservation, so I welcome this Bill, said Hussain Dalwai from Congress.

    • Congress should apologise for Emergency, said Rakesh Sinha, Nominated member of Rajya Sabha. ## Congress should apologise for Emergency, said Rakesh Sinha, Nominated member of Rajya Sabha. 

    • "This Bill has come from the capital of BJP Nagpur... the leader of that capital is anti-Dalit," said Sanjay Singh of Samajwadi Party says, purportedly referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).  ## "This Bill has come from the capital of BJP Nagpur... the leader of that capital is anti-Dalit," said Sanjay Singh of Samajwadi Party says, purportedly referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).  

    • "I am standing to support the Bill. BJP hates whatever Congress proposes, but I am happy that our idea from the 2014 manifesto has been adopted by the BJP,"said PL Punia while speaking at the discussion on The Constitution (124rd Amendment) Bill in the Upper House of Parliament. ## "I am standing to support the Bill. BJP hates whatever Congress proposes, but I am happy that our idea from the 2014 manifesto has been adopted by the BJP,"said PL Punia while speaking at the discussion on The Constitution (124rd Amendment) Bill in the Upper House of Parliament. 

    • I am standing to support the Bill, said PL Punia of Congress. ## I am standing to support the Bill, said PL Punia of Congress 

    • "This reservation as a policy has been conceived and accepted to take affirmative action for socially and educationally backward communities, reservation based on income criteria is against the legislative intent of the Constituent Assembly," said D Raja of CPI. ## "This reservation as a policy has been conceived and accepted to take affirmative action for socially and educationally backward communities, reservation based on income criteria is against the legislative intent of the Constituent Assembly," said D Raja of CPI.

    • "The way the government has brought this Bill must disturb every concerned citizen from the country," said D Raja of Communist Party of India (CPI). ## "The way the government has brought this Bill must disturb every concerned citizen from the country," said D Raja of Communist Party of India (CPI). 

    • "Everyone has supported this Bill, even though their way of supporting has been different," said Ajay Pratap Singh, BJP MP. ## "Everyone has supported this Bill, even though their way of supporting has been different," said Ajay Pratap Singh, BJP MP. 

    • There's a difference between 5 hectares of land in Odisha and Haryana, said Praful Patel of NCP. ## There's a difference between 5 hectares of land in Odisha and Haryana, said Praful Patel of NCP.

    • "In Maharashtra, Sharad Pawar and others had fought to change the name of Marathwada University to Babasaheb Ambedkar University... I am saying this because many people have fought for years for social equality throughout years," said Praful Patel of NCP. ## "In Maharashtra, Sharad Pawar and others had fought to change the name of Marathwada University to Babasaheb Ambedkar University... I am saying this because many people have fought for years for social equality throughout years," said Praful Patel of NCP.

    • "We have heard that a lot of 'jumlas' are going to be introduced in the next two months," said Praful Patel of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). ## "We have heard that a lot of 'jumlas' are going to be introduced in the next two months," said Praful Patel of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

    • "We demand that minorities be given separate reservation," said Satish Chandra Mishra of BSP. "This is fraud on the poor of the upper caste," he added. ## "We demand that minorities be given separate reservation," said Satish Chandra Mishra of BSP. "This is fraud on the poor of the upper caste," he added. 

    • Where is the Reservation and Promotion Bill? Why isn't it being passed? Have you even tried passing it? BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra asked Ram Vilas Paswan.## Where is the Reservation and Promotion Bill? Why isn't it being passed? Have you even tried passing it? BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra asked Ram Vilas Paswan. 

    • "Your sixer is not going to go beyond boundary... you will be caught out," said BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.##  "Your sixer is not going to go beyond boundary... you will be caught out," said BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

    • Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supported the Bill in Rajya Sabha. Satish Chandra Mishra, MP of Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) said that the party supremo Mayawati has, in Parliament, demanded that problems of the poor in general category be looked into.## Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supported the Bill in Rajya Sabha. Satish Chandra Mishra, MP of Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) said that the party supremo Mayawati has, in Parliament, demanded that problems of the poor in general category be looked into.

    • CM Ramesh of Telugu Desam Party said that the EWS bill echoes an ordinance that was promulgated in Gujarat. " Why was this law brought in the last hour? This bill has been brought for political benefit," he asked. ## CM Ramesh of Telugu Desam Party said that the EWS bill echoes an ordinance that was promulgated in Gujarat. " Why was this law brought in the last hour? This bill has been brought for political benefit," he asked.

    • Naresh Gujral of Shiromani Akali Dal said that the government needs to take more pragmatic steps "to incentivise" the industry for creation of more jobs. "Just this reservation is not going to satisfy our youth," he added. ## Naresh Gujral of Shiromani Akali Dal said that the government needs to take more pragmatic steps "to incentivise" the industry for creation of more jobs. "Just this reservation is not going to satisfy our youth," he added. 

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