Published On: Tue, Dec 27th, 2022

Despite court ruling against reservation, UP CM orders formation of panel to provide OBC quota

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced that he will order formation of a panel to provide OBC reservation to candidates for municipal elections. His announcement came hours after Allahabad High Court ordered conduct of the elections without the OBC quota.

If necessary, the State Government will also appeal in the Hon’ble Supreme Court

Taking to his official Twitter handle, CM Adityanath said, “The Uttar Pradesh government will set up a commission in the perspective of urban body general elections and provide reservation facility to the citizens of Other Backward Classes (OBC) on the basis of triple test. Only after this, the urban body general elections will be conducted.”

“If necessary, the State Government will also appeal in the Hon’ble Supreme Court after considering all the legal aspects regarding the decision of the Hon’ble High Court,” he added.

Earlier today, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court quashed the state government’s draft notification on urban local body elections and ordered holding the polls without reservation for the OBCs.

The verdict came on the back of PILs challenging the preparation of the OBC reservation draft without following the triple test formula prescribed by the Supreme Court.

The petitioners had pleaded that the state government must follow the apex court formula and constitute a dedicated commission to study the political backwardness of OBCs before fixing the reservation.

The state government had earlier this month issued a provisional list of reserved seats for mayors of 17 municipal corporations, chairpersons of 200 municipal councils and 545 nagar panchayats for the three-tier urban local body elections and sought suggestions/objections within seven days.

According to the December 5 draft, four mayoral seats – Aligarh, Mathura-Vrindavan, Meerut and Prayagraj – were reserved for OBC candidates. Of these, the mayor’s posts in Aligarh and Mathura-Vrindavan were reserved for OBC women.

Additionally, 54 chairpersons’ seats in the 200 municipal councils were reserved for OBCs, including 18 for OBC women. For the chairpersons’ seats in 545 nagar panchayats, 147 seats were reserved for OBC candidates, including 49 for OBC women.

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