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Modi okayed increase of assembly seats?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is understood to have signed the file pertaining to increase in the number of assembly seats in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with effect from next assembly elections.

This was revealed neither by the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders nor by the Telugu Desam Party leaders.

Even those from Telangana Rasthra Samithi have not made any official or unofficial statement on it. But, the Congress leaders in Telangana have got the pucca information in this regard.

“As per our reliable information from Delhi, Modi has approved the note file pertaining to delimitation of assembly constituencies in the Telugu states.

It will be tabled in the next Parliament session. Even the local BJP leaders are not aware of the development,” Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy said at a party functionaries’ meeting on Monday.

Initially, there were reports that Modi had thrown the ball of delimitation of assembly constituencies into the court of BJP president Amit Shah and the latter has given his nod for the same.

The reason is that the BJP also wants increase in number of constituencies in Jharkhand where the elections are due later this year. BJP has high stakes in Jharkhand and an increase in the assembly seats will help the party very much.

If the delimitation takes place, the number of seats in the AP assembly will go up from 175 to 225 and in Telangana from 119 to 153.

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