UP Local Polls: Yogi Govt Moves SC over HC Order Allowing Elections Without OBC Reservation

Last Update: December 29, 2022, 4:59 pm IST

UP CM Yogi Adityanath had earlier said that if needed, the state government would also appeal against the High Court's decision in the Supreme Court (File photo/PTI)

UP CM Yogi Adityanath had earlier said that if needed, the state government would also appeal against the High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court (File photo/PTI)

Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had given green signal to conduct local body elections in the state without OBC reservation

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday approached the Supreme Court seeking reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the upcoming urban local body elections. The development comes two days after the Allahabad High Court quashed its draft election notification.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to conduct local body elections in the state without OBC reservation.

Meanwhile, a five-member commission was appointed by the UP government on Wednesday to discuss the OBC reservation issue. The panel will be headed by Justice (retd) Ram Avtar Singh.

A PTI report said the four other members are retired Indian Administrative Service officers Chaubey Singh Verma and Mahender Kumar and former state legal advisors Santosh Kumar Viskarma and Brajesh Kumar Soni.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath had earlier said that if needed, the state government will appeal against the High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court as well.

The Allahabad HC judgment came on a string of PILs challenging the preparation of the draft OBC reservation without following the triple test formula laid down by the Supreme Court.

The Lucknow bench completed the hearing on this issue on Saturday. During its winter break on Saturday, the bench said it would hear the matter during the vacation as it pertains to elections to local bodies and democracy.

The petitioners had argued that the state government should follow the formula of the apex court and set up a dedicated commission to study the political backwardness of OBCs before deciding the reservation.

The state government argued that it conducted the survey expeditiously and said it was as good as the triple test formula.

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