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Reservation LIVE: Winter Session Extended by a Day as Govt Mulls Reservation for Economically Weaker Upper Castes

News18.com | January 7, 2019, 9:06 PM IST
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Reservation LIVE: In a major decision months before general elections, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved 10% reservation for economically backward upper castes, sources told News18. As per initial information, those earning less than Rs 8 lakh per annum would be eligible for the proposed quota.
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Jan 7, 2019 9:06 pm (IST)

Rajya Sabha Winter Session Extended by One More Day | As the Modi government mulls reservation for economically backward upper castes, the winter session of the Upper House of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha, has been extended by one more day till January 9. 

Jan 7, 2019 8:57 pm (IST)

Congress has issued whip to party MPs to be present in Lok Sabha tomorrow.

Jan 7, 2019 6:43 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Constitution Doesn't Permit Quota on Economic Grounds: AIMIM Chief Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said reservations are to correct historical injustice to Dalits.

Jan 7, 2019 6:24 pm (IST)

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on the Cabinet's approval on 10% reservation for economically weaker upper castes:

Jan 7, 2019 4:19 pm (IST)

'It is a Welcome Step' | After the Union Cabinet approved 10% reservation for economically backward upper castes on Monday, just moths ahead of the 2019 Loks Sabha elections, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the CPI(M) has been raising this demand for long. "They had been trying to destroy the reservation system. We have always demanded this reservation for financially backward classes in the upper caste. Now that finally they have taken this decision, it is a welcome step," the CM added. 

Jan 7, 2019 3:37 pm (IST)
Jan 7, 2019 3:35 pm (IST)

In Indra Sawhney vs Union of India, 1992, the court capped caste-based reservation at 50%, ruling that “no provision of reservation or preference can be so vigorously pursued as to destroy the very concept of equality”.As of now, the government has 27% reservation for backward classes whereas 16 percent reservation is for Scheduled caste and scheduled tribes. The total reservation is for 49% at the moment and if a 10% reservation would be given to the upper caste poor, then the total would be taken to 59%. The government has stated through sources that this was long pending demand of 17 years and that Gurjars, Baniya, Jaats, etc would benefit from this move.

Jan 7, 2019 3:33 pm (IST)

An EWS or economically weaker section is defined as someone whose annual income is below Rs 8 lakh, agricultural land is less than 5 hectares, residential house is smaller than 1,000 square feet, residential plot is smaller than 109 yards in notified municipality and smaller than 209 yards in non-notified municipality area.

Jan 7, 2019 3:33 pm (IST)

Former Finance Minister and Minister of External Affairs Yaswant Sinha says the the proposal to give 10% reservation to economically weaker upper castes is nothing more than a 'jumla'. "It is bristling with legal complications and there is no time for getting it passed thru both Houses of Parliament. Govt stands completely exposed," he writes on Tiwtter. 

Jan 7, 2019 3:23 pm (IST)

Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal dared the government to bring an amendment bill in Parliament, saying it would support it. Otherwise, this will be exposed as a mere political stunt, Kejriwal tweeted.

Jan 7, 2019 3:14 pm (IST)

Congress leader Harish Rawat has called the decision of 10% reservation approved by Cabinet for economically weaker upper castes a "favour that comes too late," and too obviously against the backdrop of the General elections." No matter what 'jhumlas' they give, nothing can save the government this time," he says. 

Jan 7, 2019 3:00 pm (IST)

Congress Spokesperson Abishek Manu Sanghvi Questions Govt Move | In its first reaction to the quota move, the Congress dubbed it a “poll gimmick” and questioned how the government was planning to juggle the numbers for the same since the Supreme Court had placed a 50% limit on quotas. In a tweet, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned why the government waited four years and eight months to announce the move

Jan 7, 2019 2:58 pm (IST)

PTI quoted its sources as saying that the quota would be over and above the existing 50% reservation cap imposed by the Supreme Court. Govt is likely to bring constitutional amendment bill on quotas for economically weaker sections in Parliament tomorrow. The NCP too, has raised a stink over the move, saying if the government is really serious about the issue and wants to give reservation to the poor, it should show this resolve by a constituional amendment. 

Jan 7, 2019 2:54 pm (IST)

Ever since the news of the Union cabinet's gamechanger move to approve 10% reservation for economically weaker upper castes broke, reactions have started to pour in from all sides. BJP MP Udit Raj, who has been vocal about his disappointment with the way the government has handled Dalit-centric issues, welcomed the step but also sounded a note of caution. "This will open a Pandora's box… others will also demand reservation now. But we welcome the move. Parliament is very much in power to raise the ceiling (of reservation)," he told news agency ANI. "50 per cent ceiling on reservation is a misnomer," he adds. Meanwhile D Raja has hailed the decision as a "politically motivated" move. Former NDA minister Upendra Kushwaha  while speaking to CNN News18 says, "Govt should first ensure that SC/ST get their due right and representation first than if left can give to others." LJP leader Chirag Paswan however, has welcomed the move and called it a "positive" one."I am happy the government took this positive move," he says. 

Jan 7, 2019 2:50 pm (IST)

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As per initial information, those earning less than Rs 8 lakh per annum would be eligible for the proposed quota.

Jan 7, 2019 2:49 pm (IST)

Hardik Patel Calls the Decision 'PM's Last Arrow' | Lashing out at the Modi government, Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel says this was the “last arrow in the PM’s quiver”. Speaking to CNN News18, Patel says, "if this is a 'lollipop' given to the people then that will be wrong and if the Modi government fails to implement the mandate properly then he is bound to get the people's reply in the elections." He adds that a constitutional amendment is central to the decision and will be the "main step."

Jan 7, 2019 2:46 pm (IST)

In a decision that may prove to be a gamechanger ahead of general elections, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved 10% reservation for economically backward upper castes, sources told CNBC Awaaz.The move is likely to invoke strong reactions from Dalit intellectuals and opposition parties such as the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and the Left parties. The government will move the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Tuesday for the reservation and is likely to extend the Winter Session for the same by two days.

Jan 7, 2019 2:46 pm (IST)

Another political controversy is brewing ahead of the General Elections this year, after the government on Monday announced reservation  for those belonging to the upper castes and earning less than Rs 8 lakh per year. 

Jan 7, 2019 2:11 pm (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday alleged that the "best" engineers and scientists from cash-strapped HAL will be forced to move to the Anil Ambani group that has the Rafale fighter jet contract. This will happen as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) does not have enough money to pay salaries to its employees and Ambani needs its talent to deliver on his contract, Gandhi said.

Jan 7, 2019 1:52 pm (IST)
Jan 7, 2019 1:38 pm (IST)

Defence Minister Must Answer in Yes or No | Evoking the "Chowkidaar Chor hai" jibe once again, Rahul Gandhi says that PM Modi is afraid of a direct confrontation in the Lok Sabha over the Rafale probe. "Did IAF object to PM's interference in the Rafale deal," he questions, adding that the BJP must answer in a simple "yes" or a "no.". "Dassault hasn't delivered even a single helicopter till now but Rs 200,000 crore has been given to Dassault already. Give me 15 minutes with PM Narendra Modi for a debate on Rafale; the country will know the truth" he says. 

Jan 7, 2019 1:32 pm (IST)

This war of words between the opposition party and the government was triggered after a media report claimed that grappling with low finances, HAL was forced to borrow Rs 1,000 crore to pay salaries to its employees for the first time in years. The report quoted a senior HAL management official as saying that no actual order had either been placed or a single rupee had been released to the company.

Jan 7, 2019 1:31 pm (IST)

PM Should Come out to Debate Rafale Issue With Me, Says Rahul | Addressing the media on Monday, Rahul Gandhi accuses the Defence minister of lying in the parliament and once again, threw an open challenge at the PM to debate the Rafale issue. "The BJP's plan is to weaken HAL and give the money to PM Narendra Modi's friend Anil Ambani," he says. Sharpening his attack at the centre, he says that HAL employees clearly saying they are being destroyed and this is being done on purpose so that they cannot perform as per their capability and Anil Ambani can be promoted.

Jan 7, 2019 1:26 pm (IST)

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in a tweet, accused Sithraman of "misleading the parliament."

Jan 7, 2019 1:24 pm (IST)

'Congress is Sabotaging India's Security' | While Defence Miniter Nirmala Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that doubts raised on her statement on HAL contracts was "incorrect and misleading", Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at Congress president accusing him of "sabotaging India's security". Prasad, while addressing media outside Parliament, posed three questions to Gandhi and asked him if he was lobbying for Eurofighter jets.

Jan 7, 2019 1:22 pm (IST)

Congress had on Sunday alleged that the Minister had "lied" in Parliament that government orders worth Rs one lakh crore were provided to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha, "I would like to set all doubts to rest... the doubts raised in this regard are incorrect and misleading." 

Jan 7, 2019 1:22 pm (IST)

Congress Doubts are Misleading, Says Defence Minister | Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday termed the doubts raised by the Congress over her statement on HAL contracts as "incorrect and misleading". In a brief statement in Lok Sabha, she said that over Rs 26,000 crore worth of contracts have been awarded and work amounting to Rs 73,000 crore are in the pipeline. Her statement comes amid a political furore over her statement in the House regarding orders placed with the defence public sector undertaking.

Reservation LIVE: Winter Session Extended by a Day as Govt Mulls Reservation for Economically Weaker Upper Castes
Seen here is the Lok Sabha in session.

The move is likely to invoke strong reactions from Dalit intellectuals and opposition parties such as the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and the Left parties.

Reacting to the development, the Congress called it an election gimmick, with senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi asking the Narendra Modi government why they thought of the move just “3 months before model code (of conduct)”.

RJD's Tejashwi Yadav said reservation was not to improve financial condition but for representation of socially backward people. "If the financial condition was to be improved, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have given Rs 15 lakh and jobs," he said.

The NCP, too, said the limit for economically weaker was "not for the poor". "If the government really wants to give reservation to the poor, it should show this resolve. This question won't be solved without constitutional amendment," the party said.

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