Senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress on Thursday welcomed the judgment of the Supreme Court directing the State Election Commission to conduct elections to the urban local bodies and said that they would extend all cooperation to it.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said that all the political parties had only desired that the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes and women would have got more seats in the ULBs and more people, who became voters after 2011 Census, could have exercised their franchise, had the elections been postponed after getting the latest census figures.

Mr. Shettar said that with this sincere view in mind, the government approached the court and added that his government would make all arrangements for smooth conduct of the polls. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar and Municipal Administration Minister Balachandra Jarakiholi expressed similar views on the court order.

Mr. Jarakiholi said that in the early hours of Thursday, the government sent the State Election Commission a list of rotation in reservation along with a request to allow 50 per cent reservation to women, but it rejected the request. He said that this was a violation of the Supreme Court order, but the government was helpless in implementing the reservation.

This election, he said would lead to injustice to these classes of people for the next 10 years, as there was no occasion to rectify the mistake.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah welcomed the elections, but regretted that Dalits, OBCs and women would be deprived of seats in the ULBs and new voters from casting their votes.

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