I-Day Gives Telugu CMs An Opportunity To Plan On Delimitation
Amaravati: The chief ministers of the two Telugu States, K Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana and N Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh, had an opportunity to talk about the pending issue of increasing the number of Assembly seats.
The two chief ministers who had an opportunity to meet at the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday as part of Governor E S L Narasimhan’s Independence Day At home gathering has learned to grab the occasion to talk about the pending issue.
The two CMs are learned to have talked about the burning issue of increasing the number of Assembly seats in the two states, a promise made in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.
The two CMs would have toughest time in the 2019 elections if the Assembly seats are not increased as both have encouraged defections from the opposition parties in the two states promising to protect their positions.
The two CMs have admitted several MLAs from the opposition parties during the last three years promising to accommodate them with an eye on increase of Assembly seats, as per the Act.
However, the central government is unwilling to increase the Assembly seats, taking advantage of the constitutional obligation. The centre’s unwillingness is attributed to the BJP leadership in the two states that is not ready for increase.
The BJP Telangana leadership has already indicated to the party high command against any increase in the number of Assembly seats in the state, as that would go in favour of the ruling TRS. Interestingly, though the BJP AP leadership hasn’t made any attributions on the advantages, it is understood to have indicated against increase in the Assembly seats.
In this background, the two CMs have decided on mounting pressure on the centre to increase the number of seats for the 2019 elections. While Chandrababu Naidu is said to have promised to use his influence through Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, the TS chief minister has reportedly agreed to use his influence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and get the things done.
The leaders have also reportedly requested the governor for his intervention by sending an informal representation to the home ministry on the fulfilment of the Bifurcation Act provisions.
It is to be seen how the two Telugu chief ministers would work in coordination and get the things done in their favour before they set for the 2019 elections.