Ban on notification of UP municipal elections continues
LUCKNOW: The The Allahabad High Court on Monday restrained the State Election Commission from announcing Urban Local Body Elections notification till today.
The ban imposed on Monday by the Lucknow bench of the High Court on the notification of the state’s municipal elections will continue till tomorrow. A division bench headed by Justice DK Upadhyay has given this order on a PIL filed accusing the state government of not following the procedure in implementing OBC reservation in municipal elections.
The bench of Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya and Justice Saurabh Srivastava ordered thus while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) plea moved by Vaibhav Pandey and other peitioners challenging the state government’s notification whereby it sought objections to fixing of quota.
During the hearing held on Tuesday, a demand was made on behalf of the state government to give one more time to reply, which was accepted by the court.
On the other hand, the State argued that the state till now, has only issued a draft order and has invited objections, and thus, anyone who is aggrieved by the said draft order can file their objections, and foe this purpose, a PIL plea was premature. It was also argued that if any exercise for a triple test would be undertaken, it will only delay the process of election, which will be against the very concept of the democratic setup of the municipalities.