Karnataka-esque political catastrophes might be an exception if a strong anti-defection law is brought in soon
The seeds of the anti-defection law were sown much earlier — after the general elections in 1967. Back then Congress formed the government at the Centre, but its strength in Lok Sabha fell from 361 to 283 as during the year it lost control of seven state governments because the MLAs shifted their political allegiance.
After Maharashtra, Bihar cabinet approves 10 percent quota for economically backward in General category
Parliament recently passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, approving 10 percent quota for the economically weaker section in general category.
Prakash Javadekar says 10% quota for economically weaker in general category to be implemented from 2019 academic year
The 10 percent quota is meant for individuals belonging to economically weaker sections whose parental annual earning is not more than Rs 8 lakh and possess less than five acres of agriculture land.
Arun Jaitley claims 10% quota for general category poor doesn't violate basic structure of Constitution
Arun Jaitley also accused the Congress of grudgingly supporting the Constitution Amendment Bill, passed by Parliament earlier this week.
NGO moves SC against 10% quota Bill for general category poor, says it 'violates basic feature' of Constitution
The plea also said that the Bill violates basic feature of the Constitution since reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general categories and the 50 percent ceiling limit cannot be breached
Rajya Sabha passes four out the five bills introduced during Winter Session; Parliament to reconvene on 31 Jan
Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die late on Wednesday after passing the historic Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 percent reservation to the economically weaker section in general category.
Centre approves 10% reservation in government jobs, education for economically-backward upper castes
The Centre approved a 10 percent reservation in government jobs and education for economically backward upper castes on Monday, which is speculated to be a major strategic move by the NDA government ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday accused the Congress of "conspiring" to derail the Constitution amendment bill on backward classes.
Parliament nod to the legislations in the winter session would give enough time to prepare for the rollout of GST from 1 April 2017
The question is who should get credit for smooth functioning of Parliament, for turning sharply conflicting positions to a broad consensus on critical issues.
GST isn't a populist measure guaranteed to ensure immediate benefits. It is not a sop. It won't, at least in the short term, put more money into our pockets. GST is reform in its truest sense. It may trigger considerable labour pain but eventually it will fructify into a regenerative force for the Indian economy.
Jaitley also sought to address the concerns on the impact of state’s fiscal autonomy, saying the idea is to share power with the states not take away power.
Chidambaram painted a scary picture of a future government hiking the GST rate to 23 or 24 percent and warned that it is too risky an inflationary tool to leave in the hands of the executive.
For the Bill to pass, it requires a special majority for as it is a Constitution Amendment Bill. At least 50% majority of the total membership in the House, and 2/3rds majority of all members present and voting have to approve it
The GST Bill, which has been in the making for over a decade, entails introduction of a single indirect tax regime across the country.
It remains to be seen if meeting of its demands halfway will persuade the Congress to support the GST legislation
Interestingly, the smaller parties that have offered support for the Bill are also blaming the BJP for raking up the National Herald issue at a time when the Congress was coming round to a consensus
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said it's difficult to accept demand of the Congress to cap GST rate in the pending Constitution Amendment Bill, but remained hopeful that it will get passed in the second half of the current Budget session.
Jaitley highlighted the need for carrying on structural reforms, saying the focus should be on infrastructure, irrigation and farm productivity.
Nepal's much-awaited Constitution Amendment Bill which includes proportionate representation and allocation of parliamentary seats on the basis of population - addressing two major demands of agitating Indian-origin Madhesi parties - was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.