AP Reorganisation Act should be modified

Published on April 21, 2015 08:29:29 AM
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Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar on Monday urged Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary to amend Section 26 (1) of the AP Reorganisation Act, thereby overcoming restrictions placed by article 170 and enabling the Election Commission of India to initiate the process of delimitation of Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

In reply to a letter dated April 9, written by the minister, the MP said that there was a drafting error regarding Section 26 (1) of the AP Reorganisation Act as "Section 26 (1) erroneously begins with ‘subject to the provisions of article 170’ when it should actually be ‘Notwithstanding the provisions of article 170.’ Therefore the Act should be amended to correct this anomaly so as to enable the completion of delimitation of Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.”

"The very purpose of including Section 26 (1) in the Act is to increase the Assembly seats in both the states. If the provisions of article 170 were to be indeed followed, then what was the need for Section 26 (1)? States are going to receive an increase number of assembly seats after 2026 in any case. Therefore it is highly likely that it is drafting errors where the words ‘subject to’ were used instead of ‘Notwithstanding.’ The error probably went unnoticed in the chaotic conditions under which the bill was passed,” the MP said in his letter.

The spirit of Section 26 (1) of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 intended that the huge population of 9 crore in undivided AP (AP plus Telangana) be given enhanced representation through an increase in the number of Assembly seats from 119 to 153 in Telangana and from 175 to 225 in AP. "It is this promise that has been belied,” the MP said.