Caste-based rallies banned in UP

July 12, 2013 by  
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The Election Commission has already banned such caste and community based rallies and events during the election process.

Caste-based rallies bannedUttar Pradesh, July 11, 2013: The Allahabad High Court today banned caste-based rallies in Uttar Pradesh with immediate effect.

The Lucknow bench of the court also issued notices to central and state governments, Election Commission and four major political parties in the state, asking them to present their point of view.

The parties include Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).

The next date of hearing is on July 25.

The order was passed by a division bench comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice Mahendra Dayal on the public interest litigation of a local lawyer Motilal Yadav.

Yadav has sought a ban on caste-based rallies on grounds that they are against the spirit of the constitution which states that all caste and communities are equal before the law and there will be no discrimination on caste and religious lines.

The petitioner also said that such caste-based rallies create enmity among castes and promote caste discrimination.

The Centre, state government, Election Commission, Congress, BJP, SP and BSP have been made respondents in the PIL.

On behalf of the state government, additional advocate general Bulbul Godiyal appeared before the court.

The stay comes a day after Supreme Court in its landmark order ruled that a public representative will stand disqualified as soon as he is convicted for two years or more by a court.

Significantly, the BSP recently concluded its first phase of Brahman conventions in the state in which party organized rallies to woo Brahmans in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state.

The rally in Lucknow was addressed by party chief Mayawati. The BSP was also planning to hold similar rallies for other castes and Muslims.

The SP had also held conventions for Brahmans, Backward Classes and dalits in last six months.

The BJP and Congress are also holding caste and community-based public meetings and convention.

The Election Commission has already banned such caste and community based rallies and events during the election process.

– times of india

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