PMK's call to Centre on parliamentary seats

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 2. The Pattali Makkal Katchi has demanded that the Centre introduce Constitutional amendment bills to increase the Parliamentary seats from 550 for rotation of reserved constituencies.

While welcoming the Centre's decision to freeze Parliamentary and Assembly seats till 2026 and set up a Delimitation Commission to readjust and rationalise the Parliamentary/Assembly constituencies, the PMK also suggested laws for State-funding of elections, reduction in incidence of criminalisation of politics, introduction of identity cards, compulsory voting and measures to check defection.

In a statement issued here, the PMK president, Dr. S. Ramadoss, said the present limit of 550 Parliamentary seats was fixed when the population was 36.1 crores. Now, when it had crossed the 100- crore mark, the ability of MPs to serve the people would suffer since the average size of constituencies had also grown.

On the decision to refix the reserved seats for the members of Scheduled Castes and Tribes on the basis of the 1991 census, the PMK expressed unhappiness over the ``failure'' of the Government to introduce rotation of reserved constituencies. The SCs/STs spread in various constituencies would receive the benefit of political rights only if reserved constituencies were rotated.

The PMK expressed dissatisfaction with the Government for not introducing the Women's Reservation Bill during the last session of Parliament.It also suggested legislation to usher in electoral reforms.

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