The constitutional obligation of the increase of Assembly seats in the two Telugu States is likely to be a reality this time. The Central government is now looking at taking up delimitation in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014. Accordingly, the Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh would go to 225 from the present 175 and in Telangana to 153 from the present 119 seats.
The Central government, after the successful revoke of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and reorganising the State with Ladakh as union territory, is now looking at delimitation in this border state too. As the issue is already pending in the Telugu States, the government wants to take up the delimitation in the two Telugu States along with Jammu and Kashmir and ready these states for a fresh election in 2023, when the government wants the nation to go for single poll.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government had been advocating “one nation – one election” theory from 2014 itself as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have been working on these lines. Now, with Amit Shah in the government, the BJP’s plans are being implemented slowly and it started with the integration of the Jammu and Kashmir. Having successfully executed the task of withdrawing Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir, the Modi government wants to reorganise the Assembly seats in this state that would suit its political interests. The delimitation would be planned in such a way that the new Assembly constituencies would have weak opposition.
As it is not right to go for delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir alone, the BJP top leadership, including Prime Minister, is in favour of taking it up for the Telugu States, which has been pending since the bifurcation. Interestingly, former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu had fought for delimitation in the State for the 2019 election itself. It is here he failed as he could not accommodate all his leaders, whom he had promised delimitation and increase of Assembly seats.