The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) failed to pass this session of Rajya Sabha and therefore has not been made into a law.
It was the present government’s last Parliament Session and for eight hours straight the only matter that had been discussed was the 10% reservation Bill with which ended the Rajya Sabha Session
As soon as the Rajys Sabha assembled this morning, the members from Congress specially Assam demanded a statement from the Home Minister regarding previous day’s violence and refused to allow proceeding of the house as the CAB bill was not in the circulated agenda but was forced in.
The Congress was in full force today and did not walk out as they did yesterday at Lok Sabha. They were supported by Trinamool Congress, CPI as well as CPM while TDP and DMK stormed the well opposing the 10% reservation Bill.
In this melee the Rajya Sabha was adjourned by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh till 2 p.m. Deputy Chairman called a meeting at his chamber at 2p.m to work out a compromise plan as Government panicked since passing the 10% bill was a top most priority.
Accordingly a meeting was organized at the Home Minister’s chamber where Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bhubaneswar Kalita, Arun Jaitley and Vijay Goel were present.
The congress promised support to 10% Reservation bill but in return demanded a statement from Home Minister in regard of yesterday’s violence in North East and non pressing of the CAB in this session.
The Government agreed and accordingly the CAB was put into hold for this session and 8 hours were given for the 10% Reservation Bill.
The entire strategy was planned late at night at the residence of Congress veteran Ahmed Patel after confusion of the Congress ranks in Lok Sabha.
This was a win win situation for all sides. As the Lok Sabha already passed the CAB, BJP did not mind getting it stuck in the RS jam as it would come again in the next session to be started from January 31 next.
Moreover the BJP laid the Bill for Reservation for 6 group of tribes. This has left BJP in a happy position, achieving half of its objective.
On the other hand The Congress was happy that they were seen as chief blocker of the controversial Bill for the time being and that would give them a renewed footing in Assam politics.
Now all depends upon how the ground level agitation and protest move. The Centre wants to give some space so that situation do not go out of hand and hence it will not mind temporary stoppage of the CAB for the moment.