Govt. in a spot over Bill seeking quota in RS

YSR Congress MP stages walkout
The government on Friday was caught in an embarrassing position as the entire Opposition backed YSR Congress MP Vijaya Sai Reddy’s private member’s Bill seeking reservations for the Other Backward Classes in the Rajya Sabha and the Assemblies on the lines of the reservations available for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. Mr. Reddy’s Bill – The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (insertion of new articles 330A and 332 A) was introduced on June 21 and the debate concluded on Friday. introduced on June 21 and the debate concluded on Friday. In a reply to the debate, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said without any reservation the country had seen many OBC leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Why do you want to box such great names under reservation,” he said. The government was stumped when on conclusion of the debate, Mr. Reddy sought a voting with the Congress and other Opposition parties backing his call. “My party YSR (Congress) has been supporting the uplift of the minority and the Backward Classes. In fact in our State Cabinet 65% of the ministerial berths have gone to the SCs, the STs and the OBCs. This is just in proportion to their population,” Mr. Reddy said. He refused to withdraw the Bill despite repeated requests from the chair. Cheering Mr. Reddy on, many Opposition members taunted the government calling it anti-Backward Classes. After much back and forth, Mr. Reddy staged a walk out. “Since the government is not co-operating and I don’t think the rules of the House are being followed, I am walking out,” he said.

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