Uttar Pradesh: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday set aside the state government’s draft notification on urban local body elections and ordered elections to be held without reservation for OBCs. This decision was given by a division bench of Justice DK Upadhyay and Justice Saurav Lavania. After this decision, news is coming that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will attend a meeting in the evening.
All seats reserved for OBC will be considered as general.
The decision comes in the wake of PILs challenging the drafting of the OBC reservation without following the triple test formula laid down by the Supreme Court. While hearing the matter, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has given a verdict of 70 pages on Tuesday. After the decision, all the seats reserved for OBCs will now be considered general. Along with this decision, the High Court has directed to conduct the civic body elections immediately.
Triple test formula is necessary
The Uttar Pradesh government had told the Allahabad High Court that it was following the Supreme Court-suggested ‘triple test’ formula for providing OBC reservation in urban local body (ULB) elections. But the petitions filed in the court said that the government had not adopted the triple test formula for issuing OBC reservation.
The Supreme Court had said that according to the triple test formula, the state would have to constitute a commission which would give its report on the condition of the Other Backward Classes and on the basis of which the reservation would be implemented. To give reservation, triple test i.e. standards will be kept at 3 levels, which is called triple test formula. It has to be seen in this test that what is the economic-educational condition of the OBCs in the state? Do they need to give reservation or not? Can they be given reservation or not? The Supreme Court had said in an order that reservation cannot be given without fulfilling the conditions set for OBC reservation.
What did BJP say
Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak said after the court’s decision that he will review it and we are always ready for elections, we are people who take every class along. On the other hand, regarding this matter, Keshav Prasad Maurya said that we are always ready to fight for the rights of the backward. On this statement of his, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that Keshav Prasad Maurya cannot give rights to the backward.