Bill for general category reservation to face test in upper house, for this reason

As the bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically backward people among the general category got passed in lower house of the Parliament, it is yet to get passed in upper house.

It is in Rajya Sabha where the opposition has majority.

Government is hopeful that it will get through as the key opposition parties including the Congress is backing it.

But the bill exposed rifts in the opposition, with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party refusing to back the demand for scrutiny by a select parliamentary committee.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hope that the bill get similar support in the Rajya Sabha. At a rally in Maharashtra’s Solapur today, he said, “Anyaay ki bhavna khatam ho (the sense of injustice should end). We wanted equality of opportunity”.

The bill is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes — including Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, and several traders belonging to the Kapu and Kamma communities. The economically deprived among the other religions will also benefit.

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