The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the writ petition filed against the increase of assembly seats in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. To this extent, this case has been taken up for investigation. The Supreme Court directed the central government to implement the provisions of the AP Reorganization Act 2014 to increase the number of assembly seats in Telangana from 119 to 153 and in Andhra Pradesh from 175 to 225. To this extent, the Supreme Court of the country accepted the writ petition filed by the environmental experts Professor K. Purushottam Reddy. Along with the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments, the respondents, the Union of India, sought to issue notices to the Election Commission. It also directed that this WP may be tagged with WP(C) 237/2022 which challenged the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this year. The petition was filed by Prof. Purushottam Reddy, former head of the political science department of OU, enclosing the order of the delimitation commission set up in 2020 to increase the number of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir from 83 to 90 as incorporated in the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.
The petition stated that the increase of seats in the Telugu states should be subject to the provisions of Section 26 of the Andhra Pradesh Act and the provisions of Article 170 of the Constitution, therefore the Center has informed that there will be no possibility of increasing the number of Assembly seats until the population figures after 2031 are available. However.. there are two possibilities after the Supreme Court hearing. First, the delimitation process in Kashmir may be judged to be in violation of the Constitution and the law. Then elections should be held on the basis of existing assembly constituencies in Kashmir. Second, if the central government decides to make necessary constitutional and statutory amendments to go ahead with the process of increasing the number of seats in Kashmir, it will pave the way for the process of increasing the number of seats in the two Telugu states.
Meanwhile, the Center has previously made key comments on the increase of assembly seats in Telugu states. She said that she will have to wait till 2026. It has made it clear that the number of seats cannot be increased until the number of seats in the Assembly is increased, which requires a constitutional amendment. According to Section 15 of the Partition Act, Union Minister Nithyanandarai replied that the number of seats will increase to 225 in AP and 153 in Telangana.
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