The hopes of the ruling Telugu Desam Party to get the Assembly seats increased from the present 175 to 225 as mentioned in the AP Reorganisation Act were washed out finally. The party which had been pinning hopes on the increase in the number so as to accommodate its own leaders and those defected from other parties.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had categorically stated that the increase was not possible. He spoke at the Southern States Development Council meeting held at Bengaluru, the other day. Rajnath Singh said that though there is a provision for increase of the Assembly seats of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014, it is also connected with the provisions of the Constitution. He said that the amendment to the Constitution for increasing the Assembly constituencies was not possible at this point of time.
The meeting was represented by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu from Andhra Pradesh, who raised the issue, besides others. The TDP had been fighting for the increase of the Assembly seats from the very first year of the bifurcation. In the hope to get the seats increased, the TDP had given up or rather compromised on the claim for the special category status and settled down for the special package. As the Centre failed to give either the special category status or the special package, the TDP had pulled out of the NDA and began fight against the BJP.
Now, with Rajnath Singh finally saying no, the TDP will have tough time in settling the aspirants for the next election. Things are not going to be easy for the TDP in this situation with the party having more aspirants than the seats available. Several candidates in the TDP are already looking at other parties, particularly the BJP and the Jana Sena to try their luck as there is no scope in the TDP to give them tickets in the election.