Maharastra local body elections to be held without OBC reservation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the writ petition filed by the State of Maharashtra seeking to direct the Union Government to share the raw census data collected in the Socio-Economic Caste Census(SECC) held during 2011. 

Local body elections were called into question after the Supreme Court rejected the state government’s petition seeking imperial data for OBCs’ political reservation. The Supreme Court has refused to interfere in the election process in the state. Therefore, the local body elections to be held on December 21 will be held without OBC reservation. 

A bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar dismissed the writ petition taking note of the stand of the Union Government that the SECC-2011 was not an exercise to enumerate the data of backward classes, and that the caste data collected during SECC-2011 was not accurate and fraught with errors. 

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the center, told the bench that the data is not reliable and has many flaws. 

However, the center reiterates that they support the OBC reservation in local body elections. 

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