The Constitution (127th) Amendment Bill, 2021 was discussed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. After a long debate, the vote was divided on this bill. Some MPs also introduced amendments but the amendments were rejected. In this way, this important bill related to OBC reservation in Rajya Sabha was passed through voting. 187 votes were cast in its favor. This bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 10 August. Now the bill will be sent to the President for approval.
On Wednesday, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar proposed this bill in the House and started the discussion. He said that this constitutional amendment has been brought to give the right to the states to prepare the OBC list. He said that if the state list was abolished, then about 631 castes would not get the benefit of reservation in educational institutions and appointments.
Congress said – corrected a mistake by bringing the bill
After the discussion on the bill was open, senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi first appeared on behalf of the Congress. He clearly said that by bringing this amendment, the government is rectifying its old mistake. But on the second mistake, nothing has been said in this bill. Singhvi said that there is not a word in this bill on the 50 percent reservation limit, Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that a mistake has been corrected by bringing this amendment. But what would be the use of correcting this mistake? Not a single word has been spoken on the 50 percent reservation limit in this constitutional amendment.
What will the states do by making lists- Singhvi
Singhvi said, “All the states will prepare the lists, but what will they do with these lists. These lists will remain like empty vessels. There are 75 percent of the states where the reservation has gone beyond the limit of fifty percent. You are giving them a paper document and showing a conspiracy which cannot be implemented legally.
This demand was also raised on behalf of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and it was said that a line related to 50 percent should be added so that the states can be made easy. Along with this, Kharge raised the demand to bring the private sector under the purview of reservation.
BSP said- reservation in private sector
Like Kharge, BSP MP Ramji also raised the demand for reservation for SC, ST and OBC classes in the private sector. Raising the voice of Dalits and backwards, the BSP MP said that if the oppressed would be benefited by putting up a picture of Baba Saheb, then our party would have got posters from Parliament to Kanyakumari.
Where did this creamy layer come from – TRS MP
Telangana Rashtra Samithi MP Prakash Banda told that his party supports this bill. Prakash Banda said that due to the 50 percent reservation limit, only 20-22 percent reservation is implemented in most cases. We have always demanded a census of backward castes. We once again demand the OBC census from the Government of India. Banda said that whenever it comes to OBC, the creamy layer comes, the limit of 50 percent comes, where did this creamy layer come from, our society does not know this.
Manoj Jha said – 50 percent cap will have to be removed
RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha, while supporting the Constitution Amendment Bill, said that I also asked about the caste census figures in the house many times, to which the answer was given that the figures have become corrupt. Jha said that the cap of 50 percent reservation limit will have to be removed only then OBCs will get the benefit.
SP bid – OBC gets nothing on the ground
The Samajwadi Party supported the Constitution Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Speaking in support of the bill, SP MP Professor Ram Gopal Yadav also said that nothing is being given to OBCs on the ground. Professor Ram Gopal Yadav said that after this bill, the right of the states to make the list, they will not get the benefit of it until the cap of 50 percent is not increased.
Maratha reservation path is difficult: Raut
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that if this bill is being called revolutionary, then the credit goes to Maharashtra. But will this amendment clear the way for Maratha reservation, I think not.
UP’s BJP government has eaten OBC’s job – Sanjay Singh
On behalf of the Aam Aadmi Party, Sanjay Singh supported the Constitution Amendment Bill. He said that this is the same Bharatiya Janata Party under whose rule 22,000 jobs were to be given to OBCs in 69 thousand teacher recruitment in UP, only 3.8 percent reservation was given to them, they ate 18 thousand jobs. This is the report of the National Commission for Backward Classes.
Apart from these parties, other opposition parties including TMC, DMK and NCP supported this bill.