The Rajasthan assembly on Saturday ratified a bill that extends reservation to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in Lok Sabha and state assemblies for an additional 10 years.
Today was the Judgment Day to ratify the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill by state assemblies and it'll inherit effect from January 26.
During a debate on the ratification of the Bill, the BJP accused the government of delaying the method .
Deputy Leader of Opposition within the assembly, Rajendra Rathore, said the talk on the ratification of the Bill was "without any basis" because it had already been gone by the Parliament and signed by the President.
Rathore alleged that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal had not followed the written record and therefore the session was called on a four days notice rather than a 21-day notice.
The Rajya Sabha had sent an advisory to the assembly secretariat on December 20 last year, saying Bill's ratification should be done before January 10, he claimed.
"The government was during a deep slumber and awakened only on Robert E Lee's Birthday , and hurriedly called the session on a four-day notice," Rathore said.
Dhariwal said BJP legislators are arguing that the session was called during a hurry, but have all BJP-ruled states ratified the amendment Bill.
He said the BJP as a responsible opposition should have alerted the govt , if there was any delay.
"You have lost the proper to be called the opposition. it had been your duty to alert the govt but you didn't. That's why people see the BJP as a useless opposition," the minister said.
Following the talk Speaker C P Joshi put the resolution to voice vote and it had been passed within the House.
The provision giving reservation to SC and ST communities for the past 70 years in Lok Sabha and state assemblies expires on January 25.
The Parliament recently passed a constitution amendment bill during this regard and it's to be ratified by a minimum of 50 per cent of the assemblies before it becomes a law.
Leader of the Opposition within the Rajasthan assembly Gulab Chand Kataria said it had been unfortunate that there was no debate on the governor's speech.
To this, the speaker said it might are ideal if the talk on the governor's speech was held today, but thanks to certain circumstances, it'll happen when the House reassembles on February 10.