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Odisha Govt To Move Supreme Court Against Orissa High Court On 50% Civic Poll Reservation Order, Seek Stay

13 June 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: As elections to the urban local bodies (ULBs) are due this year and the State Administration has already initiated official process for the purpose, Odisha Government has decided to move the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of Orissa High Court against the 50% reservation meant for ST and SC candidates and plead for a stay on the High Court’s order.

Informing media at the State Secretariat on Wednesday, Odisha Housing & Urban Development Department’s Municipal Administration Director Sangram Jit Nayak said, “A case was filed in the Orissa High Court in 2013. State Government has ordered us to move the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.”

“No percentage is fixed for reservation of seats for ST&SC candidates. BCC reservation is 27%. ST and SC reservation is based on their population. Hence at many places, it goes up 50%. It’s not fixed. It all depends on the population at the particular place or area. It’s ULB-wise,” he explained.

Elucidating further, the Municipal Administration Director said, “The State Election Commission had ordered us for due completion of delimitation of wards and dservation of seats. We had complied as per the law and had submitted. First the Collectors and later public petitions were received by the State Government. 6, 546 such appeal petitions were received by the State Government from the public. One month time was given and the Minister had also started hearing the cases and is still on. Meanwhile, the Orissa High Court pronounced its verdict that no reservation will be beyond 50%.”

“Our election process is still on. Whatever the Supreme Court verdict will pronounce, action will be taken accordingly. Thus, Odisha Government will plead for a stay on the High Court order so that the election process underway is not hampered,” informed the Municipal Administration Director.

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Sangram Jit Nayak, Director, Municipal Administration, Odisha

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