Delimitation In Telangana To Be A Reality Soon

The Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekar Rao who has been in Delhi for the past few days is said to have got a positive answer from PM Modi regarding increasing the number of constituencies in the State.

Hyderabad: The delimitation of constituencies in Telangana is going to be a reality, according to sources close to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR)  has been in consultation with the Centre regarding delimitation. He was in Delhi for the past four days and is said to have persuaded the government to increase the constituencies. He consulted various Central ministers last month itself and presently paved way for realising it through Law Ministry. With this, after delimitation, the number of present Assembly seats will go up to 153. TRS sources are saying that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted at acceptance, will give orders for official action. The developments taking place in Delhi are strengthening their argument. If the Assembly seats are increase, all those hoping to get a seat can be satisfied.

According to unconfirmed sources, the delimitation will start in a week or ten days. The Centre and State government are preparing to introduce the bill pertaining to it in the monsoon session of the parliaments. The officials are preparing the necessary proposals for it. The Law Ministry already sought an integrated report from the State government. The central official team is said to be examining the data they received from district collectors and RDOs about the number of mandals and villages in the rural constituency. Besides, the delimitation of urban constituencies is being examined by the State Municipal and Urban Development Department Chief Secretary. Surveys are being done in this context.

The process which has been taking place silently for the past one month came into light after the CM went to Delhi. The State Election Commission received orders from the Election Commission of India to collect the necessary data for delimitation and send them a comprehensive report.

Though delimitation of constituencies is needed in both the Telugu States, it started much earlier in Telangana due to the initiative of KCR. In the present context, it has become an interesting topic in the political circles. Not only the ruling party, but the opposition is also waiting eagerly for it.

The State government submitted a report last year to increase the number of constituencies in the State to 153, keeping the political needs and development aspects in view. But since consultations are not done, it remained dormant. As the Chief Minister personally took up the issue, the Centre has reacted positively.

Rajiv Sarma, the advisor to Telangana government, who was in the central services for a long time, is personally supervising it.

According to Article 170 of the Constitution, Assembly seats can be increased in both the states after bifurcation. It was also clearly mentioned in the Bifurcation Act.

The UPA government appointed a delimitation committee in 2005. After the Telangana movement reached its peak, the committee could not act. However, in 2008, it has conducted a survey across the country and submitted a report to the government. It has incorporated the options for delimiting the constituencies under Section 170 of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, KCR who went to Delhi focused on the affairs of the party. He is trying for a strong executive body for Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). Sources say that he has completed the process.

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