Will Congress help pass OBC Bill, asks Amit Shah

BJP chief says Congress should make it clear if the party supports backward communities.

BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday dared the Congress to clarify its stand on the amended OBC Bill in the Rajya Sabha, saying it would show whether or not the party supported the backward communities.

He was in Chandauli to attend a function to rename the Mughalsarai junction railway station after RSS stalwart Deendayal Upadhyay.

He also charged the Opposition with playing vote-bank politics on the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, commonly known as the OBC Bill, was passed in the Lok Sabha on August 2 and will now go to the Rajya Sabha for passage. The proposed legislation seeks to grant the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status on a par with the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. “The Modi government has got the OBC Bill passed in the Lok Sabha. This will go to the Rajya Sabha. Will [Congress president] Rahul Gandhi clarify his stand before the country on whether his party will help in the passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha or not. This will make it clear whether the Congress is really for the welfare of the Backward Classes,” Mr. Shah said.

Iinfiltration issue

On the NRC issue, the BJP chief said, “We have to push out each and every Bangladeshi infiltrator from the country.” “Mamata Banerjee and Congress say the NRC should not be done. I ask Rahul Baba whether NRC should be conducted or not. But, he does not answer.”

“Today, I would like to ask the SP, the BSP and the Congress if they want the infiltrators to stay in the country or they should be driven out. I know the answer of the people of Uttar Pradesh. The answer is that not even a single infiltrator should be allowed to stay,” he said.

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