New Delhi: Ahead of the 2022 assembly elections and upcoming bypolls on 12 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to implement a 2017 order of the Allahabad High Court to issue SC certificates to the 17 Most Backward Castes (MBCs) in the state.
The government has directed District Magistrates to issue SC certificates to MBCs till the high court takes a final call on the issue.
The demand for SC status to the 17 castes — Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhivar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjul and Madhua — has been pending for a long time.
The Samajwadi Party government, under Mulayam Singh Yadav, had first tried to implement the order in 2006, which was followed by Mayawati making the same effort during her regime from 2007-2012. However, the idea was vetoed by the Centre.
In 2016, when Akhilesh Yadav became the chief minister, he once again announced the move but the decision was challenged in court. The high court had in 2017 ordered compliance with the decision for the period till the final hearing.
The move is bound to benefit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and further erode the vote base of regional satraps such as the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.