As the bill was tabled in the Parliament to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education to general category candidates belonging to economically weaker sections, it is clear that the support from Congress party is crucial for its passage.
But as the party had earlier extended support, it voiced the need for the bill in its present form to be sent to parliamentary committee.
It need be mentioned that ahead of the general elections, the government is hoping to push through the bill, which, in a first, will extend reservation to upper castes.
The bill is expected to benefit a huge section of upper castes including Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, and several trading castes including Kapus and Kammas.
The economically deprived among poor among the other religions will also benefit.
Uttar Pradesh leaders Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said they would support the bill.
The 10 per cent reservation will be over and above the 50 per cent reservation stipulated by the Supreme Court. Any reservation above the 60 per cent mark will invite judicial scrutiny.