The Reservation Bill will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha, where the session has been extended by a day. Sources told The Indian Express that the government is in talks with Opposition members to allow the passage of the Bill in the Upper House.
In the Lok Sabha, the government argued that the Bill addresses the need to bring the economically weaker to the mainstream but the Opposition alleged that it is being pushed through with an eye on the elections this year.
However, almost all parties backed the Bill that aims to amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution, which presently allow special provisions only for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and for socially or educationally backward classes (Other Backward Classes or OBCs).
Barring AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi and IUML’s E T Mohammed Basheer, who spoke against the Bill — P K Kunhalikutty is the other IUML MP in the House — all the other members present extended their support.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were present in the House during the passage of the Bill.
I was 💯% sure about Owaisi 😎😁
— भगवा आतंकी 😎 (@SaffronCyclone) January 9, 2019
Only Members of terrorists parties have voted against Economically weaker sections reservation bill. Remember that terrorists are against anything that unites Hindus pic.twitter.com/KeA4T1aeyd
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) January 9, 2019