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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Q. What are the provisions for constituting Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories?

Ans. The provisions for constituting Legislative Assembly in a Union Territory can be made in the Constitution as and when need arises. However, at present, the provisions of the Constitution provide for a 30 member Legislative Assembly for the Union Territory of Pondicherry. By the 69th Constitutional Amendment, a 70 member Legislative Assembly was provided for the National Capital Territory of Delhi. But the powers of these Legislative Assemblies arc limited and are not equivalent to those of State Assemblies:. By the 70th Constitutional Amendment, these Assemblies were given the right to participate in the election to the office of the President. The past practice in this respect shows that the provision of constituting a Legislative Assembly in a Union Territory paves the way for making it as a full fledged State of the Union in future.

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