Manish Tewari claims there is a plan to increase Lok Sabha strength, seeks public consultation

As the construction work for the Central Vista project is progress, Congress leader Manish Tewari claimed that there is a proposal tfor increasing the strength of Lok Sabha to 1000 or more. He has seeked for public consultation before its implementation.

In a tweet, Manish Tewari wrote, “I am reliably informed by Parliamentary colleagues in BJP that there is a proposal to increase the strength of Lok Sabha to 1000 or more before 2024. New Parliament Chamber being constructed as a 1000 seater. Before this is done there should be a serious public consultation.”

The role of a Member of Parliament is to make laws for the country. The job was emasculated by 10th schedule of the Constitution of India. In order to look after development imperatives they have 73rd 74th Constitutional Amendment topped by legislative assemblies. And if the proposal to increase Lower house of the parliament to 1000 is true, it will have implications, Tiwari futher said.

Manish Tewari added that he still doesn’t know yet correct or otherwise, as the proposal/idea includes 1/3 rd Reservation for women. It’s a good move but why 1/3rd out of 1000 or more, why not 543 that Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi has been fighting for over two decades. Women are 50 percent but the parliament of 1000 has own implications.

On December 16, 2019, former President Pranab Mukherjee have impetus to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s plan to increase the number of seats in Lok Sabha through delimitation and advocated an increase in the enhancement of Lok Sabha seats to 1,000.

Underlining the need to have more Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members of Parliament, the former President had said that the last enhancement of seats in the Lok Sabha took place in 1977 when the population of the country was 55 crore.

As of now, Indian Parliament has a sanctioned strength of 543 plus two members from the Anglo Indian community.

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