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Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were present in the House when the Bill was passed. The government will table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday

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Lok Sabha passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 323 'ayes'. Photo: @ANI

A landmark Bill seeking to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor was passed by the on Tuesday, 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 the Bill and only three voted against it, underlining the cross-party support the politically crucial Bill elicited.

Replying to an over four and half hour debate, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot sought to allay doubts raised by several Opposition members about the legislation's fate if challenged in the Supreme Court, saying he can say with confidence that the apex court will accept it. The Modi government's policy and intention is good and that is why it has enabled the reservation for the poor in the general category with constitutional amendment, he said, seeking support of all parties for the passage of The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019.

"Your doubts are unfounded. Put them to rest," he told Opposition members, many of whom dubbed the Bill as "jumla" and "gimmick", questioned its legal standing and accused the government of bringing it in haste with an eye on the polls. Gehlot claimed that the Bill is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion when he assumed power in 2014 that his government would be devoted to the cause of the poor and work for "sabka saath sabka vikas (With all, development for all)".

"This is an historic decision and in the interest of the country," he said. 

Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were present in the House when the Bill was passed. The government will table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.   

Catch LIVE updates on Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha sessions.  

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Very beneficial in the long run: Sumitra Mahajan on quota Bill   Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Lok Sabha passing the Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019: "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." Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on LS passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019: 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. pic.twitter.com/saBTJXxoLC — ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2019

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

"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," said PM Modi. 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. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 8, 2019

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

"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," said PM Modi. 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. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 8, 2019

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Landmark moment in nation's history: PM Modi on passage of quota Bill   Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the passage of the Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha was a landmark moment in the nation's history. "It sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society," he tweeted. 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. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 8, 2019

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Lok Sabha has been adjourned sine die

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Quota Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha also: Rajnath Singh   Commenting on the passage of the quota Bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "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."  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 pic.twitter.com/S61LobNHHP — ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2019

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

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

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Lok Sabha on Tuesday night passed the Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019, with 323 'ayes'. The Bill will provide reservation for the economically weaker section in the general category in government jobs and higher educational institutions. Lok Sabha passes Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 323 'ayes'. The bill will provide reservation for economically weaker section of the society in higher educational institutions pic.twitter.com/mzsHxQoUva — ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2019

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Quota Bill passed   The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, or the quota Bill, has been passed in the Lok Sabha. 

Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Quota Bill to be taken up for voting in the Lok Sabha 

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 11:29 IST
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Lok Sabha passes quota Bill for economically weak in general category

Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were present in the House when the Bill was passed. The government will table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday

A landmark Bill seeking to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor was passed by the on Tuesday, 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 the Bill and only three voted against it, underlining the cross-party support the politically crucial Bill elicited.

Replying to an over four and half hour debate, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot sought to allay doubts raised by several Opposition members about the legislation's fate if challenged in the Supreme Court, saying he can say with confidence that the apex court will accept it. The Modi government's policy and intention is good and that is why it has enabled the reservation for the poor in the general category with constitutional amendment, he said, seeking support of all parties for the passage of The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019.

"Your doubts are unfounded. Put them to rest," he told Opposition members, many of whom dubbed the Bill as "jumla" and "gimmick", questioned its legal standing and accused the government of bringing it in haste with an eye on the polls. Gehlot claimed that the Bill is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion when he assumed power in 2014 that his government would be devoted to the cause of the poor and work for "sabka saath sabka vikas (With all, development for all)".

"This is an historic decision and in the interest of the country," he said. 

Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were present in the House when the Bill was passed. The government will table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.   

Catch LIVE updates on Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha sessions.  

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