No Increase In Assembly Seats In Telugu States

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that legal hurdles are preventing the government from increasing Assembly seats in the States.

Hyderabad: The Chief Ministers of Telugu States are appealing to the Centre for increasing Assembly seats. Both of them are putting efforts to achieve this in their own style. In this context, they are assuring seats to those who crossed the floor and joined them. However, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu gave a huge twist to this issue. He revealed to State Municipal, IT Minister K Taraka Ramarao that it is not possible to increase the seats.

KTR, who has been on a tour to Delhi, met Venkaiah Naidu at his residence to explain the Urban Development programmes in Telangana State. In the five minutes meeting, KTR appealed to the Minister about adding Karim Nagar to smart cities list. He also requested the minister to attend a programme in July, where 73 towns in the State are being announced as open defecations towns. Later, Venkaiah Naidu spoke to the media. He told that legal hurdles are preventing them from increasing Assembly seats in Telangana State according to bifurcation act. He said that already a draft was formulated along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding Assembly seats. As they faced legal hurdles, he said that they want to go forward after solving them.

Meanwhile, Venkaiah evaded an answer to the question about State BJP leaders opposing an increase in seats.

He welcomed the support of CM KCR to the BJP Presidential candidate. He thanked CM KCR for it. Since the candidate was announced after consulting all parties; he sought the support of everyone to elect him unanimously. Venkaiah felt that it would be good if the election is unanimous.  He reminded how Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was elected unanimously. He said that when he spoke to Chandrababu Naidu, he assured support. He also said that they also consulted CPI, CPM leaders.

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