Amit Shah pulls up BJP RS members for bunking house


"It's a conspiracy of the Congress not to approve the amended Bill in the Rajya Sabha".

In 2015 too, Modi was anguished over the loss of face due to opposition pushing division of votes in RS over an amendment to the President's address.

The legislation has been projected by the BJP as a major political outreach to the politically-crucial backward classes and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again highlighted it as a major effort of his government to address the communities' concerns.

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While MLCs Bhukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh are from the Samajwadi Party, Thakur Jaivir Singh represented the BSP.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar said Shah took a strict view of the absence and asked lawmakers not to repeat this ever. The bill had already been passed in the Lower House, but it had been referred to a Select Committee in the Upper House, as the Opposition had wanted more scrutiny. The BJP's strength alone is 56 in the Rajya Sabha, while it has the support of 88 members, counting all allies, including the 10 MPs of new partner Janata Dal United (JDU). The Opposition had specified that the commission should have a panel of 5 members from OBC category including 1 woman and 1 member from another minority, while the government had suggested that the commission composition should not be stipulated in advance.

Among those absent in the Rajya Sabha yesterday include ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani, Vijay Goel, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, M J Akbar, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ramdas Athawale.

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He said the party will speak with those members who were absent at Tuesday's meeting. They have also been asked to explain in writing why they were missing from the house when the bill was voted on.

Shah also clarified that the BJP did not engage in "poaching" in Bihar.

He praised the working of the Yogi Adityanath government in the state and said that within three months of its advent, a semblance of governance had come in the state and people were noticing a perceptible change.

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The National Commission for Backward Classes Bill was introduced by the BJP.