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Civic poll reservation ordinance: UP govt faces embarrassment

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Lucknow, Dec 4 (UNI) The ruling Samajwadi Party today faced an embarrassment in the state assembly, when the opposition BJP pointed out that the ordinance on urban local body seat reservation had expired, while a bill was likely to be passed by the house.

The BJP members opposed the bill moved by the urban development department over the new reservation policy, on which the election was held in October-November last, to replace the ordinance issued on July 12.

BJP member Hukum Singh said it was legally binding that an ordinance is replaced by a bill within six weeks of the start of the legislative session.

''The present session of the house started on August 21, but the government did not bring the bill within the stipulated time frame and even held the civic poll on the expired ordinance,'' he alleged.

The ordinance was required for new reservation policy in UP after Allahabad High Court rejected the old reservation policy.

Mr Singh said it was a clear violation of constitutional norms and demanded the guilty be punished for their laxity.

''If anyone moves the court on the civic poll reservation issue, what will be the government's stand as there is legal vaccum in the matter,'' he said.

The BJP leader said the only remedy was to bring the bill from retrospective effect from the date within six weeks, when the state legislature commenced.

Meanwhile, the state government today tabled a resolution in the house suggesting Parliament to amend the constitution to include dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians for reservation facilities under Article 341.

The treasury bench, however, faced stiff opposition from the BJP, while the BSP members were staging 'dharna' in the well of the house demanding CBI probe into the damage of Ambedkar statue in Kanpur.

Later, after the house was adjourned twice for five minutes over the issue, speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said the resolution would be taken up tomorrow and members would be given chance to speak on the resolution.

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