The Congress and other opposition parties on Wednesday strongly protested in the Rajya Sabha and demanded sending 'The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenth- Four Amendment) Bill, 2019' to a select committee, after the government introduced the key legislation.
The bill, that seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically weaker sections in the general category, was introduced by Minister for Social Welfare and Empowerment Thaawar chand Gehlot amid the din due to protests by opposition members.
This was strongly opposed, with Congress member Anand Sharma saying his party supported the bill, and Manoj Jha (RJD) stating the charge was incorrect and that the bill was "interference with the basic structure of the Constitution".
Sharma alleged that Goel has not done justice by making the charge as the Congress was in favour of the bill but had issues with the manner in which it was brought.
Congress member Madhusudan Mistry raised a point of order saying the bill was incomplete as the statement of objectives were not there.
He sked what was the urgency of the government in bringing this bill in such haste.
The deputy chairman said Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had already granted two-day exemption for introducing the bill and the same should be taken up.
The government Wednesday introduced in Rajya Sabha a legislation to give 10 per cent quota in state jobs and educational institutions for upper caste poor.
Social Justice minister Gehlot said 'The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenth-Four Amendment) Bill 2019 is a historic bill and a step brought to ensure equal opportunities for the poor in the general category.
He said previous governments have attempted to bring such a step but their actions have been struck down by court as there was no such provision made in the Constitution.
Gehlot said it was under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government that this bill was brought to make such a provision for reservation for economically weaker sections.
"This decision has not been taken in haste. It is brought with good intention keeping in view the welfare of the poor in general category people," the minister said.
Seeking passage of the bill, Gehlot said this day will be remembered as an important one when crores of poor will benefit from this legislation that seeks to ensure equality and social harmony in the country.
The Congress members earlier also raised slogans over the citizenship amendment bill.
Congress members, including Ripun Bora, wanted Home Minister Rajnath Singh be called to the House to make a statement on the citizenship bill that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Goel said the same could be done at 2 PM.
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