Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray along with Assembly Speaker and other Ministers greet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the State Assembly on Wednesday. (PTI)
MAHARASHTRA Legislature on Wednesday unanimously ratified the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, which proposes to extend quota to SC/STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another 10 years. A special one-day session of the legislature was held to ratify the Constitution Amendment Bill, passed by Parliament on December 11.
The resolution to ratify the Bill was moved in the Legislature by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. In the Assembly, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis supported the resolution. Thackeray and Fadnavis said that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have made considerable progress in the last 70 years and there is a need to retain the inclusive character as envisioned by the founding fathers of the Constitution. In the Council, Suresh Dhas of BJP, Bhai Jagtap of Congress and Jayant Patil of Peasants and Workers Party of India said that they wanted to speak on the issue, but Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar did not allow them to do so. “Parliament has already cleared the Bill and the State also needs to do. There is no need to discuss it any further,” Nimbalkar told the Upper House and asked members not to insist on speaking on the Bill.