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KTR: Centre should abide by Reorganisation Act

Hyderabad: Arguing against the Centre’s position that there is no proposal to increase the number of Assembly seats in two Telugu states, the Telangana government has asked the Union government to go in for a constitutional amendment to honour the promise on the issue.

Ahir had also said that opinion of the Ministry of Law and Justice was sought on the issue (increasing the number of Assembly seats in the two Telugu states), and the Attorney General had replied in the negative.

Telangana Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao said, “It (the proposal to increase the number of seats) is a promise made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

It’s not a political commitment or anything; it’s a commitment which the government is bound by statute because the AP Reorganisation Act was passed by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha,” KTR said.

“Once both Houses of Parliament have passed the Act, they don’t really have a choice; the point is: the AP Reorganisation Act says the number of seats will be enhanced. We believe they (the Centre) should go for a constitutional amendment,” he said.

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