The Supreme Court (SC,) on the 15th of January, put a stay order on the local body elections in Andhra Pradesh (A.P.)
After the A.P., High Court (HC) gave a green signal to go ahead with the local body elections in A.P., the Supreme Court (SC) put a hold on it citing reservations above 50 % for candidates.
The SC said reservations beyond 50% are against the law and order.
According to Government Order (GO) Number 176, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Government stated, 59.85 % reservations would be applicable in the upcoming local bodies and Panchayat elections.
The SC took the case after the A.P., HC ignored the past petitions filed against the high percentage of reservations.
Finally, Pratap Reddy, the leader of the Andhra Pradesh Reddy Association, approached the SC regarding the same.
The SC heard the petition and asked the State Government to sort the issue within 4 weeks and submit a report with the changes.
The official notification regarding the local body elections is expected to be released on the 17th of January. However, with the stay orders, the YSRCP Government could not go ahead with the local body elections’ process.
Stay tuned for further updates.