LUCKNOW: A day after the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court directed the UP government and state election commission to hold the urban local body (ULB) elections without reservation for backward classes, the state government on Wednesday appointed a five-member panel to provide quota to Other Backward Classes (OBC).
A notification on the panel’s constitution, issued by the Urban Development department, said the commission term would be for a six-month period from the day of taking charge.
The panel will be headed by justice (retd) Ram Avtar Singh.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had on Tuesday said his government would set up a commission to extend quota benefits to OBCs in urban local body polls in the state.
“ULB polls would be held only after extending the quota benefits to OBCs,” he said.
His comments were in response to the Lucknow bench of Allahabad HC’s order that polls should be held by January 31 without reservation for backward classes.
“A commission would be set up to fix reservation for OBCs in accordance with the triple-test formula,” Yogi said, while asserting that the government could move the SC if required.
The rights of backward classes are nonnegotiable, deputy chief minister Keshav Maurya said.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had targeted the deputy CM in the HC order’s wake.
“Despite hailing from a backward class, Keshav Maurya could not give them their rights. . . ,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)

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