Take 2015 as Base Year for Reservation in UP Panchayat Election- All HC

On Monday, the Allahabad High Court at Lucknow disposed off the Petition challenging reservation in UP Panchayat Election.

The Counsel for the Petitioner placed reliance upon the Judgment of Supreme Court in the case of Vikas Kishan Rao Gawali vs State of Maharastra and Others (reported in 2021 SCC Online SC 170), wherein the Supreme Court held that the quantum of reservation ought to be local bodies specific and be so provisioned to ensure that it does not exceed the quantitative limit of 50 per cent (aggregate) of vertical reservation of seats for SCs/STs/OBCs taken together.

Advocate General Shri Raghvendra Singh appeared for the State and submitted that the State Government has no objection to implement the reservation and allotment of seats of constituencies in Panchayats elections taking 2015 as the base year as first round of reservation and allotments for determining the reservations as per decision taken vide Government Order dated 16.9.2015

The Division Bench of Hon’ble Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Hon’ble Justice Manish Mathur disposed off the Petition in the light of statement of AG and directed to finalize the reservation in Panchayat Election by taking 2015 as base year.

This exercise has to be completed by 27 march 2021 and thereafter elections to be held

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