Vastavam web:Once again the union government clarified a doubt regarding the increasing of assembly seats in both AP and Telangana seats and asserted that there would be no hike till 2026. There will be no increase in the number of legislative assembly seats in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana till 2026, Union minister of state for home affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday . He was responding to a question raised by Rajahmundry MP M Murali Mohan and Kotha Prabhakar Reddy , MP from Medak. The procedure, as per the rules, can be taken up only after the 2026 census, Ahir said. He, however, added that another way of doing it was by amending Article 170 of the Constitution. This issue (increase in assembly seats) was
taken up with the ministry of law and justice, who then sought the opinion of the attorney general on the matter. The AG said that as per Article 170(3) of the Constitution, the total number of assembly seats in the two states cannot be readjusted till the first census is published in 2026.
Therefore, unless and until Article 170 is amended to bring up in line with Section 26, the increase in the number of seats cannot be given effect," Ahir told the Lok Sabha.