The Supreme Court on 27 March 2023 has allowed the state election commission of Uttar Pradesh to issue a notification for urban local body polls with reservation for the other backward classes (OBCs) after being convinced that the state followed the mandatory triple test criteria.
The court set aside the Allahabad high court’s decision of December 27 that stayed the state’s decision to issue a notification for the civic polls with OBC quotas. A report of the UP State Local Bodies Dedicated Backward Classes Commission was examined by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, which paved the way for holding urban local body polls in the state. Uttar Pradesh will join other states like Madhya Pradesh in instituting backward quota in local polls.
Questions : What did the Supreme Court allow in Uttar Pradesh regarding urban local body polls?
a) Reservation for women
b) Reservation for Scheduled Castes
c) Reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs)
d) Reservation for economically weaker sections
Answer : c) Reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs)