BJP on Monday issued whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs. The party has issued a three-line whip asking the MPs to be present in the House on August 10-11. Earlier, the party has also appealed to the Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the House on Tuesday.
The Central Government on Monday introduced in the Lok Sabha the power to prepare the OBC list for the states. In such a situation, it is believed that the whip was issued to the Rajya Sabha MPs, so that after the bill is passed from the Lok Sabha, it can be passed soon after it is introduced in the Rajya Sabha.
Before introducing this bill, 15 major opposition parties including Congress discussed it. In this meeting held today, it was decided that the opposition will support the amendment bill related to Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The government’s road to passing the bill has become easier due to the opposition’s support.
The government has introduced the 127th Constitution Amendment Bill. In this bill, there is a provision to empower the state governments to prepare the OBC list. Recently the Union Cabinet had approved this bill. After passing this bill, the states will have the authority to prepare a list of OBC castes and they will be able to include any caste in OBC on the basis of social status and other parameters. Right now this power is with the central government only.