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Maya Hails SC Verdict On Reservation

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday  welcomed the Supreme Court judgement upholding reservation for backward classes in local bodies.  Mayawati, in a statement in Lucknow, directed officials to strictly follow the prevailing reservation facility
PTI May 11, 2010 21:41 IST
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday  welcomed the Supreme Court judgement upholding reservation for backward classes in local bodies. 

Mayawati, in a statement in Lucknow, 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 point.  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. PTI