Lucknow: The process of reservation for the three-tier panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh has been stopped by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. The court has ordered reservation of seats on the basis of the year 2015. The court has also ordered that the Panchayat elections be conducted by 25 May by issuing the revised reservation list by 27 March.
A division bench of Justice Rituraj Awasthi and Justice Manish Mathur has asked the state government and the State Election Commission to implement the reservation system, considering 2015 as the original year. However, the state government has also said in the past itself that considering 2015 as the base year, it is ready to implement the reservation system.
In the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, the government order dated 11 February 2021 was challenged for reservation of seats in the panchayat elections. The petition states that under Rule 4 of the Rules for the implementation of reservation in Panchayat elections, reservation is applied to the seats of Zilla Panchayat, Kshetra Panchayat and Gram Panchayat. It was said that the elections of 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 were held, considering the year 1995 as the original year in relation to the implementation of reservation.
The petition further stated that on 16 September 2015, issuing a mandate, it was asked to implement reservation considering the year 2015 as the original year instead of the year 1995. In the said mandate itself, it has been said that according to the census of 2001 and 2011, a large amount of demographic changes have taken place, so it will not be appropriate to apply the reservation by considering 1995 as the original year. It was also stated in the petition that in view of the said mandate of 16 September 2015, the mandate of 11 February 2021 was implemented, in which the year 1995 has been considered as the original year. It was also said that the Panchayat elections of the year 2015 were also conducted according to the mandate of 16 September 2015.
It is worth mentioning that 75 district panchayat presidents, 826 block heads, 58,194 village heads, ward members of 3051 district panchayats, ward members of 75855 blocks and ward members of 7,31,813 gram panchayats are to be elected for three-tier panchayats in the state. For this, the process of reservation is going on across the state. Objections were lodged till March 8 after allocation of interim reservation for all posts. After this, the final lists of reservation allocation were to be published in the districts by March 17, by disposing of objections from March 13-14. Meanwhile, the entire process was postponed until further orders due to the March 12 order of the High Court. Now the court has ordered the entire reservation process to be done on the basis of the year 2015 itself. With this order of the High Court, the Panchayat elections in the state will now be completed with delay.