Why not ban caste rallies forever, asks Allahabad high court

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court has issued recent notices to the 4 main political events of Uttar Pradesh — BJP, SP, BSP and Congress — searching for their response why there ought to not be “a complete ban forever” on caste-based rallies within the state and in case of violation why Election Commission ought to not take motion towards them. The HC issued recent notices after no motion was taken on its interim order handed 9 years in the past.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Jaspreet Singh handed the order not too long ago on an outdated PIL filed by lawyer Motilal Yadav, who had sought a ban on caste-based rallies in UP.

In its order, which was uploaded on Sunday, the bench has additionally issued discover to the chief election commissioner to reply on the difficulty, fixing December 15 as the following date of listening to.

Hearing the identical PIL on July 11, 2013, the bench had put an interim ban on organising caste-based rallies within the state. However, even after 9 years, neither any of the 4 events nor the CEC’s workplace submitted their response to the HC notices issued to themExpressing concern over this, when the matter got here up for listening to not too long ago, the bench has issued recent notices enabling the political events and the CEC to file their response by December 15.

In its 2013 order, an HC bench had noticed, “The unrestricted freedom to hold caste-based rallies, which is to the total disliking and beyond the comprehension of the modern generation…, cannot be justified. It will rather be an act of negating the rule of law and denying the fundamental rights to citizens.”

The bench had additionally stated, “In their attempt to seek political base in the caste system by means of politicisation, it appears that the political parties have seriously disturbed the social fabrics and cohesiveness. It has rather resulted in causing social fissions.”

The petitioner had submitted that the caste minorities, “because of such anti-democratic activities of political parties”, have been lowered to second class residents in their very own nation. “Despite the clear constitutional provisions and the fundamental rights enshrined therein, they are feeling disillusioned, dismayed and betrayed because of being placed in a disadvantageous position in the number game of vote politics.”