BJP is committed for the well being of the backward classes: AK Sharma

Lucknow: The state government has issued a provisional notification of reservation for the election of mayors, presidents, councilors and councilors for the urban body elections.

State’s Urban Development and Energy Minister  AK Sharma gave this information in a press conference. He told that at present elections will be held in only 760 out of total 762 urban bodies in the state. In this, a provisional notification of reservation has been issued for the election of mayors of 17 municipal corporations, presidents of 199 municipal councils and 544 town panchayats and councilors/councilors in a total of 13,965 wards.

He told that in relation to the objections, written objections, if any, addressed to the Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, Uttar Pradesh Government, in writing or through post, from the date of publication of the notification from March 30, 2023 to April 06, 2023 it can be sent to the Director, Directorate of Local Bodies, Sector-7, Gomtinagar Extension, U.P., Lucknow by 06:00 pm.

Only the objections received personally or received through post addressed to the Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, Uttar Pradesh Government and the Director, Municipal Directorate, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow will be considered.

The Urban Development Minister said that elections cannot be held in connection with Municipal Council of Maharajganj, Siswa Bazar and Nagar Panchayat Bhanpur of District Basti when the case is pending in the court, due to which reservation was not announced.

He said that within a few hours of the Supreme Court’s decision of March 27, even before the deadline given today, reservation notification was issued with reservation to all classes including OBCs. He said that the BJP and the state government were committed earlier also for the welfare of the backward classes and their reservation, is still today and will remain so in the future.

He said that the state government had issued a provisional reservation notification on December 05, 2022, giving full reservation to the OBC class, in which 27 percent reservation was arranged for OBCs on all types of seats and posts. He said it is clear from the notification that the state government has kept the same policy of giving full reservation to all the weaker sections including OBCs.

The intention of the BJP government was and is clear. That’s why the government constituted the Backward Classes Commission within 24 hours of the High Court’s order dated December 27, 2022 and appealed to the Supreme Court within 72 hours.

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