Shillong: Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Monday unanimously ratified the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, which proposes to extend the quota to SC/STs in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another 10 years.
A one-day special session of the Meghalaya Assembly was convened to ratify the bill. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had passed the bill last month that required approval from at least 50% of the State Assemblies before implementation.
Leader of the Opposition Mukul Sangma raised the possibility of extending the 10 years’ period. In reply, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma had said that since 1960 until now, the extension of seats is done every 10 years and is a practice.