Delimitation Is Not An Issue Bothering Netas
Amaravati: The Central government and the State Election Commission have clarified that there is no proposal to increase the number of Assembly seats in the two Telugu States for the next round of elections. Though the ruling parties in the two Telugu States are claiming that they would get the Assembly seats increased as per the AP Reorganisation Act, the chances of increasing the number of seats are very less or rather appear to be nil as it require Constitutional amendment.
There were such negative statements and indications from the Central government on several occasions for the increase of the number of Assembly seats. The State Election Commission had categorically said that there was no proposal for delimitation of the Assembly seats in the State. State Election Commissioner Bhanwarlal in a reply to tribal leader Suryanayak, had said that the EC had no delimitation proposal and this had ruled out the possibility of having more Assembly seats.
However, the leaders are not worried about the increase in the number of seats for the 2019 elections. The decision of the Jana Sena to contest the next elections had opened 175 seats for the aspirants. Though Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan indicated that he would not entertain turncoats, he would be forced to accommodate several leaders like Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who are now with the ruling TDP. There are several such leaders who are expected to vacate their seats in the TDP thus opening chances for the new leaders in the ruling party.
The mood of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State to go alone in the next elections had given scope for the opening of another 175 seats for the aspirants. The BJP, if going alone in the next elections, would certainly take some leaders from the TDP. There are a handful of leaders in the ruling TDP who are not happy with the style of Chandrababu Naidu and the increasing domination and intervention of his son Lokesh both in the government and the party. The senior leaders are looking st alternatives to desert the future leader of the party, Lokesh and the option before them is the BJP.
The Jana Sena and the BJP are set to take greater number of candidates from the ruling TDP, though they would be eating into the Opposition vote bank. With an eye on these two parties, the leaders have started exploring the opportunities to be in the battle with a party ticket, even if the delimitation is not done as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.