No increase in assembly seats in Telugu states until 2031
The Telugu twin states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are expected to wait at least 10 years to see an increase in the number of assembly seats.
This was made clear by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai in a response to a question from Congressman Malkajgiri and Chairman of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee A Revanth Reddy, at Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
During Question Time, Revanth Reddy pointed out that the number of assembly seats in Telangana would increase from 119 to 153, as promised in the AP Reorganization Act, 2014.
He asked the central government when this increase would take effect.
The Union Minister said that according to Article 170 of the Indian Constitution, the demarcation of electoral districts in the state could only be done after the next census which will take place after 2026.
“Since the next census would only take place in 2031, there is no possibility of increasing the seats in the assembly by then. The delimitation of constituencies would be done only on the basis of the population according to the 2031 census, ”said Nityananda Rai.
In accordance with the provisions of the PA Reorganization Law, Andhra Pradesh is asking for an increase in assembly seats from 175 to 225, while Telangana from 119 to 153.
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