In a pathbreaking move, the Narendra Modi government on Monday has resolved to bring in a constitutional amendment that will enable 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education for economically weaker upper sections of the society. Sources have further stated that a constitutional amendment bill is likely to be moved tomorrow on January 8.
Moments after the newsbreak of the game-changing amendment by the Modi government, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has targeted the BJP party in a cryptic tweet, saying that 'his party will support the government if BJP will amend the Constitution before the 2019 election.' He went on to state that 'this move by the government will be termed as another political stunt by BJP ahead of the elections, if it is not passed before 2019 polls'.
"The BJP government must amend the Constitution in Parliament before the election. We will support the government. Otherwise, it will be clear that this is just an election stunt by BJP ahead of the polls", Kejriwal's tweet reads.
In other tweet, the Delhi CM has sought the Centre to extend the Parliament session in order to bring the constitutional amendment as soon as possible, adding 'else it is merely an election stunt'.
The government has brought in these major move only weeks after the ruling BJP lost in the three of the Hindi heartland states -Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to the Congress party in 2018 Assembly elections.
As per sources, the reservations will go up from the current 50% to 60% and will be applicable for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) to get reservation in jobs and in education, thereby serving as a huge mode up upliftment. The new reservations will be applicable to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) across religions.
Furthermore, as per inputs, the Modi government will table the constitutional amendment on the floor of the house on Tuesday. Two articles will need to be amended - Articles 15 and 16 - in order to enable the additional 10% quota.
The historic amendment goes in line with the Modi government's policy of junking caste-based appeasement. As per the constitutional amendment, sources have confirmed that every household where the income is below Rs 8 lakh, individuals across caste will be eligible for the said quota.
Further details to follow.