In the wake of speculations of delimitation of the Parliamentary constituencies in 2026, BRS working president, Minister KT Rama Rao has expressed his concern over possible disparities over the representation of Southern States in Lok Sabha.
According to census studies there has been a decrease in population share of Southern States from 26.2 per cent in 1951 to 19.8 per cent in 2022. Though there will be an increase in the number of seats in the South Indian States, the overall strength will be less in comparison to the North Indian States, experts say.
Responding to the issue, Minister KTR said “This is indeed a travesty and a tragedy of it does come true. Southern states of India have been best performers on all fronts post independence leaders and people of all Southern states need to raise their voices collectively cutting across political affiliations against this injustice.”
“The irony of the situation is those states that have not heeded to Govt of India’s decision on population control will now have the last laugh Tamil Nadu, Kerala, AP, Karnataka and Telangana have done exceedingly well in population control will now be penalised! Not only population control and HDIs, the Southern states that comprise 18% population of India contribute ~ 35% to India’s GDP Proud contributors to National Economy & Growth should not be undermined,” KTR added.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao