Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Assembly delimitation process on
Telangana will have 153 constituencies whereas AP now has 225 constituencies
Hyderabad: Delimitation of Assembly constituencies had changed the fate of many politicians in the 2009 general elections and a repeat might be seen in the 2019 elections. As per the Andhra Pradesh state Bifurcation Act, the Central Election Commission (CEC) has taken up the delimitation process in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The CEC has asked the states for their total population, SC and ST population and average population, Assembly constituency wise. State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwarlal said the Election Commission would constitute the delimitation commission within a month after getting the information.
According to the State Bifurcation Act, in Telangana, the Assembly constituencies will be increased from 119 to 153 and in AP they will be increased from 175 to 225. The 2019 general elections will be held with the new constituencies.
The 2009 delimitation of Assembly constituencies had done in the united AP. There had been no change in the number of Assembly constituencies in the state then, but in some constituencies, reservations were changed and the number of Assembly constituencies had been reduced in some districts and increased in others.
Some reserved segments became general and some general segments became reserved. Due to this, several sitting MLAs changed their constituencies for the 2009 general elections and some MLAs did not contest run because they had no constituency to contest from.
In the State Bifurcation Act, 119 Assembly constituencies were allotted to Telangana and 175 constituencies were allotted to Andhra Pradesh state. After bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh has 29 SC reserved constituencies and seven ST reserved constituencies out of 175 Assembly constituencies. In Telangana, out of 119 segments, there are 17 SC reserved seats and 12 ST reserved seats.
According to their SC and ST population, Telangana should have 18 SC and 10 ST and Andhra Pradesh should have 30 SC and 9 ST segments. The last delimitation was done on the basis of the 2001 census and the current one will be done on the basis of the 2011 census. By the next general elections the total picture will change in both states.
The number of reserved constituencies will increase in both states along with the number of Assembly constituencies in the thickly populated districts in both states.
For example in Telangana’s Ranga Reddy district, Assembly constituencies are likely to increase from 14 to 24. Before the 2009 delimitation, Ranga Reddy had only six Assembly constituencies. In Hyderabad, Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts too the number of constituencies will increase. Similarly in Andhra Pradesh, the constituencies will increase in East and West Godavari and some other districts.
In the process of delimitation, the present boundaries of Assembly constituencies will change as existing mandals may move to other segments and new mandals may be included. This will change the future of many sitting MLAs in the both states.
( Source : dc correspondent )