Hyderabad: The number of Assembly seats in Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh will not be increased, the Union of India made it clear that there will be no enhancement in the assembly seats.
The Union minister of state for home Hansraaj Gangaram Ahir stated that the Assembly seats will be enhanced only after calculation of population in 2026.
Earlier the chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had appealed to the Centre to increase the number of Assembly seats in both states as prescribed in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
Telangana state’s Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao requested an increase of seats from 119 to 153 while the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wants an increase the seats from 175 to 225.
There can be no increase in the number of seats of the assemblies of the two states stated the Attorney General. He opined that unless and until Article 170 of the Constitution is amended to bring it in line with Section 26 of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 seats cannot increase.