LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said here on Tuesday that the state government would set up a commission to extend the quota benefit to other backward classes (OBCs) in urban local body (ULB) polls in the state.
“In the context of urban local body polls, a commission would be set up which would fix the reservation for the OBCs as per the triple test formula,” he tweeted after the high court allowed the ULB polls without the OBC reservation on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister said that all legal options would be explored and if needed, the government would move the Supreme Court.
“The ULB polls would be held only after extending the quota benefits to OBCs,” the CM said.
Govt to take final decision after legal experts’ advice: Deputy CM Keshav Maurya
Deputy CM Keshav Maurya also said that the government won’t compromise on the rights of the backward classes. “The government will take a final decision on the advice of legal experts after analysing the HC order,” he tweeted.
Urban development minister AK Sharma, whose department issued the draft order on December fixing SC-ST, OBC and women’s quota in the forthcoming ULB polls, said: “As per the HC order, the government would set up a commission to provide reservation to the OBCs according to the triple test formula.”
“The ULB polls would be held only after fixing reservation for the backward classes. We are studying various aspects of the judgment. If needed, we will approach the Supreme Court.,” he added.
Apna Dal (S), which is part of the NDA government at the Centre and in UP, also tweeted: “It’s not proper to hold ULB polls without OBC reservation. We are studying the honourable HC order. If required, Apna Dal (S) will approach the Supreme Court for OBCs’ rights.”
According to the December 5 draft, which has now been quashed by the HC, four mayoral seats — Aligarh, Mathura-Vrindavan, Meerut and Prayagraj — out of 17 were reserved for backward class candidates. Of these, the mayor’s posts in Aligarh and Mathura-Vrindavan were reserved for backward women. Now, these seats will become open for general candidates, as per the HC order.
Additionally, 54 chairpersons’ seats in the 200 municipal councils were reserved for backwards, including 18 for backward women.
For the chairpersons’ seats in 545 nagar panchayats, 147 seats were reserved for backward candidates, including 49 for backward women.

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