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Reservation Bill a victory of social justice: PM Modi

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

on Wednesday hailed the passing of the 124th Constitution Amendment Bill by the Parliament and termed it a victory of social justice.

In a series of tweets, the said: "Delighted the has passed The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019. Glad to see such widespread support for the Bill. The House also witnessed a vibrant debate, where several members expressed their insightful opinions."

The further added that passing of this bill is a tribute to the makers of the Constitution.

He wrote, "Passage of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament is a victory for social justice. It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India's transformation. By passing this bill we pay tributes to the makers of our Constitution and the great freedom fighters, who envisioned an that is strong and inclusive."

Echoing similar sentiment, also called it an endeavor to ensure empowerment of all.

tweeted, "?The Constitution 124th Amendment Bill provides reservation to economically weaker sections of the society in higher educational institutions & in jobs. This endeavour of the government led by PM now ensures social justice and empowerment for all, Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas."

However, the bill invoked strong criticism from some opposition parties including, (AAP) which called it 'betrayal of poor Savarnas'.

AAP member told ANI, "Government betrayed poor Savarnas. Ten per cent reservation given to Ninety- Five per cent population with Rs 8 Lakh income and Forty per cent reservation under general category given to 5 per cent savarnas above Rs 8 lakh income. In future, they will end Dalits and backwards reservation. We boycotted voting."

(CPI) D Raja also called it a hasty decision by the ruling dispensation.

Speaking to ANI, he said, "Our party, AAP and walked out. Some parties stayed and voted against. It is a bill brought in haste by BJP government keeping an eye on elections. It hasn't been scrutinised properly. I don't think it will stand judicial or social scrutiny in the coming days."

Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter also termed it a political stunt.

"It is a political stunt. The government didn't do anything for four and half years. Bill ko jis tarah se in logon ne laya aur savarnon ko jhunjhuna de diya hai, jo hilega lekin aawaz nahi karega(The way in which this bill has been brought and the general category people have been given a rattle, which will just move and won't make any sound. RJD has opposed this."

The Parliament on Wednesday approved an amendment to the Constitution to make economically-weaker sections of general category eligible for 10 per cent reservation in education and government jobs.

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 bill was approved by the with 165 votes in favour and seven against after a day-long debate, a day after the passed it with 323 votes against 3 votes.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 02:25 IST