HYDERABAD, Jan 30 – In an embarrassment for the Center, the Andhra Pradesh assembly on Thursday passed by voice vote a resolution moved by chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill-2013 which entails creation of separate Telangana state, reported Times of India.
Capping an acrimonious debate and ending the pandemonium the House was stuck in for the past few days, speaker Nadendla Manohar put the resolution to vote and announced that it was “passed”.
The assembly was immediately adjourned sine die. “The House while rejecting the AP Reorganization Bill, 2013, resolves to request the President not to recommend it for introduction in Parliament as the Bill seeks to bifurcate the state of Andhra Pradesh without any reason\basis and without arriving at a consensus, in utter disregard to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity and economic and administrative viability of both regions”, the resolution said.
“The Bill also completely ignores the very basis of formation of state of Andhra Pradesh, the first linguistic state created in independent India”, it said.
The speaker said since the government resolution has been approved, he saw no reason to take up the private resolutions moved by other members on the same issue.
The speaker said all views expressed by members on the Bill would be sent to the President along with the resolution.
The rejection of the Bill has come as an embarrassment to the Center which has decided to table the Telangana Bill in the coming session of Parliament beginning February 5.
As the decision of the Andhra Pradesh assembly, either way, is not mandatory, the central government will go ahead with its decision to create Telangana by tabling the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill in the ensuing Parliament session, official sources said.
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde has already declared the central government’s intention to table the Telangana bill in the next session of Parliament.
Parliament session commences on February five and is scheduled to end on February 21. This will be the last session of Parliament before the tenure of the UPA-II comes to an end.
Reddy’s letter to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking extension of the deadline for discussing and returning the statehood Bill has been termed by home ministry officials as time buying tactic of the chief minister.
CM Kiran Kumar Reddy dares Center to table Telangana Bill in Parliament
On Wednesday, Chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had dared the Center to table the Telangana Bill that was sent to the Andhra Pradesh assembly in Parliament and announced that he would quit politics if the Bill gets the approval of the House. Raising his pitch against the bifurcation, Kiran Kumar even said that “President Pranab Mukherjee has been cheated by the home department” on the Bill.
Interacting with mediapersons after the assembly was adjourned on Wednesday, the chief minister dared the Center to come out with complete information on the Bill. “I will get away from politics if the Bill that was sent to the assembly is presented without any changes in Parliament and gets its approval. They (home ministry) know this and even the President was cheated by the home department,” he said.
He wondered how the assembly can give its opinion without the Center giving its own views. “They have sent a blank Bill to us and want our opinion on that,” he scoffed and alleged that many clauses in the Bill have no constitutional backing and would not find place in the final Bill. When asked why he then requested the President for more time to discuss an ‘incomplete bill’, he said the extension was sought to ensure that every member gets a chance to expose the mistakes and errors. –With inputs from PTI