Assembly strength to go up in AP and Telangana

Hyderabad: If the Centre’s efforts fructify, a Bill to increase the number of Assembly segments in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh without altering the existing number of Lok Sabha seats could be introduced in the ongoing Parliament session.

The Bill will amend the AP Reorganisation Act. On Tuesday, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and M. Venkaiah Naidu held detailed consultations with higher officials of the home, law and legislation ministries and instructed them to take steps to prepare an amendment to the AP Reorganisation Act that proposes to increase the number of Assembly seats in Telangana to 153 from present 119, and to 225 from present 175 in AP.

Mr Venkaiah Naidu told newsmen that the purpose of providing a separate section in the Act to increase the Assembly seats was intended to complete the exercise before 2026. He said the Centre in principle had come to the conclusion that enhancing the number of seats was based on the provisions made in the bifurcation Act.

“The Centre received letters from both the Chief Ministers, and then by the chief secretaries seeking implementation of Section 26. This we cannot ignore,” he said. Tuesday’s meeting was the second of the series, and officials were given clear instructions to prepare the draft amendment Bill. The first meeting had decided to seek the opinion of the Attorney General.

Chief Ministers K. Chandrasekhar Rao and N. Chandrababu Naidu had earlier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Rajnath Singh and written letters requesting them to implement the assurance given in the Reorganisation Act.

-more at Deccan Chronicle

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