Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati today welcomed the Supreme Court judgement upholding
reservation for backward classes in local bodies.
Mayawati, in a statement here, directed officials to
strictly follow the prevailing reservation facility in view of
the apex court`s verdict.
Lashing out at the Congress, she said it was because
of its passive attitude that the backwards were still lagging
behind academically, socially and financially.
She cited the Mandal Commission report to stress her
The Chief Minister said her government was committed
to improving the lot of backward castes and referred to steps
taken by her in this regard.
The Supreme Court today upheld the constitutional
validity of reservation for backward classes in rural and
urbal local bodies and rejected the plea that the creamy layer
should be excluded.
A five-judge Constitution bench, however, said the
reservation benefit should not exceed the 50 per cent upper
ceiling limit except in Scheduled areas.