UP’s Local Body Polls – High Court’s big decision, OBC Reservation cancelled

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UP’s Local Body Polls – High Court's big decision, OBC Reservation cancelled

High Court on UP Municipal Election – The High Court has taken a big decision regarding the municipal elections in UP. It has been decided to conduct elections without giving reservation to OBCs. Under this decision, the reserved seats of OBC will be considered in the general category.

Elections are about to be held in Uttar Pradesh. On this, the Lucknow bench of the High Court has given a big blow to the UP government. Under this decision of the High Court, the draft notification issued on December 5 has been rejected. The court has ordered the state government to conduct elections without giving reservation to OBCs. Apart from this, the order to appoint an administrator has also been cancelled. The court has also said that reservation will not be considered until there is a triple test from the Supreme Court. The High Court has also rejected the OBC Rapid Survey released in 2017.

The High Court has rejected the OBC Rapid Survey released in 2017. The decision was taken by a division bench of Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyay and Justice Saurabh Lavania on 93 petitions on this issue together. The court has ordered the immediate holding of the local body  elections. The bench says that it has also asked to form a commission to give reservation to OBCs. The UP government may go to the Supreme Court against this matter as it would be difficult to conduct elections in the state without OBC reservation. Even if elections are held, there is a possibility of further legal entanglement.

There was No substance in the argument of the UP government.

The matter was heard on 24 December. After the hearing, the counsel for the petitioner submitted that the UP government in its affidavit tried to defend its action. While giving his argument, he has said that the notification issued by him has been issued in the right way. The High Court did not agree with this argument. The court said that there is no argument for this and without argument such exercise can’t be done. On this the court also asked to present the data but he did not present any argument before the court.

During the hearing; lawyer said that reference was made to the previous hearing. It was said that the rules were also violated in the 2014 and 2017 elections. Many cases were also registered in the court on this. He says that efforts are being made to conduct these elections on a similar  basis. This is the reason why the matter is now being challenged in the Supreme Court.

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