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Parliament passes bill to extend SC/ST reservation in legislatures

Reservation for members of SCs and STs, given for the past 70 years in Lok Sabha and state assemblies, is due to end on January 25, 2020. The bill, which saw heated exchange between the treasury and opposition benches, was approved unanimously in Rajya Sabha. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured the House that the Modi government would not end reservation.

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  • In the Upper House, NDA has 94 members and it will have to garner the support of at least 121 members to get the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed. AIADMK, JD(U) and Akali Dal have 11, 6 and 3 members respectively. Besides, BJD with 7 MPs, and YSR Congress and TDP with 2 each are backing the Bill. The BJP has 83 members in Rajya Sabha.

    The bill has been attacked by the opposition, minority outfits and others for leaving out Muslims and also on the ground that it is at odds with the Constitution, which does not differentiate between citizens on the basis of their faith.

    Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta's name was proposed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala. In the Assembly election, Gupta defeated Congress's Chander Mohan Bishnoi, the son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal. In the 90-member Assembly, the strength of BJP is 40.

    By virtue of being appointed the CLP leader, Hooda will be the Leader of Opposition in the newly-constituted assembly, AICC Haryana in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

    Bhupinder Singh Hooda made the offer of an alliance but he does not seem to remember that I have been opposing the Congress since my birth, says Ajay Chautala.

    According to the records from Delhi HC Om Prakash Chautala was out of jail for 9 weeks in 2018 and for 9 weeks already this year in the run-up to the assembly election. His son Ajay was out for 3 weeks in April during the Lok Sabha polls.

    In one such instance, Manohar Lal Khattar acknowledged two key ideas of Chautala and rolled them out promptly. One was an organic decomposer that Chautala championed in his constituency by which farm stubble decomposes on its own using an organic solution.

    In Haryana, BJP's core focus has remained on the non-Jat votes. Now, BJP is likely to leverage the alliance with Chautala to reach out to Jats, a community that it has been at loggerheads with since it came to power in Haryana in 2014.

    Prominent defeated defectors include Udayanraje Bhosale, who quit the NCP and lost the Satara Lok Sabha bypoll, and Alpesh Thakor, who quit the Congress but lost the Radhanpur MLA seat in Gujarat.

    After the poll results came out on Thursday, the ruling BJP fell 6 short of the halfway mark needed to form the next government. Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar was called on to discuss with party members about the hung house situation it is stuck in

    Leader of Jannayak Janata Party, Dushyant Chautala along with his mother and wife reached to cast his vote in Sirsa by riding on a tractor. It is a mode of transportation that is an identity of Haryana, said Chautala who is quite confident of winning.

    The saffron party, which formed National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 1998 when it fell short of majority in the Lok Sabha elections, has seen several parties coming in and going out over the past two decades.

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