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Giving his life's example, BJP President Shah said that a boy who used to paste posters on the streets is now standing as the President of India's leading political party shows how internally democratic BJP is.

Shah made his displeasure amply clear at the BJP parliamentary party meeting where he said he does not want to "name and shame" them but warned against a repeat of such an embarrassing lapse.

His remarks came a day after the Rajya Sabha passed the opposition-backed amendments to the legislation in an embarrassment to the government. Around 30 NDA MPs were absent during the passage of a crucial bill.

"At the meeting, Shah said that when the party issues a whip it must be followed by all the MPs".

Shah also blamed the previous Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments in the state for the mess in Uttar Pradesh and said that they had collectively presided over scams to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crore.

In an event in Lucknow, Amit Shah was asked if he would join the Cabinet since he has filled up his nomination to enter the Rajya Sabha as an MP. The Lower House had already passed the bill but in the Upper House it had been referred to a Select Committee as the Opposition had wanted more scrutiny. The amendment sought to increase the number of members from three to five, including a woman and a minority candidate of OBC category. Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said what the Congress members were seeking could be looked into at the time of framing of rules under the law. The BJP's strength is 56 while the ruling block enjoys the support of 88 members, counting 10 JD (U) MPs.

Among the ministers not present in the House were Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan.

Putting up a united fight, the Opposition asked the government to vote in favour of the bill with amendments. "The amendments do not dilute the bill rather they add to the bill and strengthen it", said Congress leader P Chidambaram. "The dropped clause pertains to the insertion of a new article 338B about the constitution and powers of the National Commission for Backward Classes".


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