New Delhi: The Supreme Court has maintained that it would consider the fact that whether the urban local body election in Uttar Pradesh should be contested under the party symbol. The Allahabad High Court has already given a green signal to contest the local body election under the party symbol.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has challenged the Allahabad High Court decision in the Apex Court. While hearing the state government petition, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to Non Government Organisation (NGO) PUCL.

It is pertinent to mention that Allahabad High Court had annulled the law amended by the state government which permitted contesting the urban local bodies election without party symbol.

The bench of Justices RV Ravindranand and AK Pattnaik issued notice to PUCL and sought a reply from the organisation. The petition filed by the state government stated that the political parties should be barred from using the party symbol in the urban local body elections.

State government Counsels in the case Additional Advocate General Shail Kumar Dwivedi and G V Rao argued that the urban local body election should not be contested under any political banner. They maintained that the urban local body election should not be politically linked.

They further said that keeping these factors in mind, the state government had amended the law to permit the local body election without the party symbol.

JPN/Bureau