The ongoing winter session of the Rajya Sabha has been extended by a day till Wednesday (Jan 8)as the Centre hopes to push through a Constitutional amendment bill that will introduce a 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections under the general category.Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has agreed to the government’s request and extended the proceedings by a day, the sources added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued three-line whip to party MPs to be present in Lok Sabha tomorrow as the bill is expected to be introduced in the Lok Sabha tomorrow by Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.
A constitution amendment bill requires two-thirds majority of the house to pass the bill and the government has the numbers in the Lok Sabha while the opposition enjoys the upper hand in the upper house.
The proposed bill was approved this afternoon at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
because of the several pending billsThe government has been trying to push the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 in the Upper House, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The government has also been trying to push the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018, The National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2019, The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, among others.
The Rajya Sabha has been witnessing protests over several issues including Congress’ demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jets deal, TDP’s demand for a special status to Andhra Pradesh and AIADMK’s demand for withdrawal of the proposal to construct a dam across the Cauvery river at Mekedatu.
Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha, the government has listed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that aims to give citizenship to illegal migrants of six minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, a move that has stoked a major row in Assam.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will introduce to the bill for discussion and passage, which was approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday.