New Delhi: The number of seats in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council would be increased from 50 to 58 with the government approving an amendment to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act on Wednesday.
"There was an error in allocation of number of constituencies in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The number in the Act was 50, but actually it should have been 58.
It has been corrected," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told a press conference here.
The approval was accorded by the Union Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Cabinet decided to amend sections 23(1) and 23(2)(i)(a) of the 2014 Act relating to provisions for the legislative council.
An official release said this was to rectify the anomaly in allocating the number of seats in Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Council and enhance the total number of seats to 58 as per constitutional provisions.
Since the existing strength of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is 175 and one-third of its strength was constitutionally permissible, it was decided to increase the strength to 58 Members of Legislative Council from the current strength of 50 MLCs, the release said.