While all the Opposition parties have virtually supported the quota bill, they are likely to take a
tougher stand in the Rajya Sabha by virtue of their numbers.
New Delhi: A day after the Lok Sabha cleared 10 per cent quota bill, the Rajya Sabha is likely to pose
a hurdle for its movement. The Opposition parties are likely to question the Narendra Modi government
on the timing of the bill. While the BJP had enough numbers in the Lok Sabha to clear the bill in the
Lower House of the Parliament, in Rajya Sabha, they lack the majority. While the Opposition parties
have supported the bill, they might take a tougher stand on it in the Upper House of the Parliament.
While the BJP has 73 MPs, the Congress is the second largest party with 50 members in the 244 seater
House. Citing sources, news agency PTI reported that the Opposition parties are upset over the
extension of the proceedings of RS by a day. On Tuesday, the House was adjourned six times due to
disruption by the Opposition parties.
“Mr 10 per cent PM has decided that since he cannot give two crore jobs, this is a move to woo the
voters. It is a political move,” said Congress leader Kapil Sibal. Earlier, PM Narendra Modi called the
decision to pass the bill a ‘landmark’ moment and tweeted saying, “We are resolutely committed to the
principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’ It is our endeavour to ensure that every poor person,
irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and gets access to all possible