PM’s Seemandhra address pushed BJP to support bill
A question raised by Arun Jaitley on the legal flaws in the bill wasn’t part of this deal. In the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Jaitley made sure his word of caution did not go unheard.
He pointed out that clause 8 of the bill gives Governor the last word in law and order matters of Hyderabad. But this runs contrary to constitutional provisions, which empower the state government to take all decisions relating to law and order. “This is an alternative method of governance... the BJP wants that the Telangana bill with Hyderabad as the common capital should legally and constitutionally be a sustainable decision and not a suspected one,” he said.
However, the BJP did not let its differences with the UPA to stand in the passage of the bill. The BJP, which would have supported the bill in any case, lapped up the offer of the PM’s assurance considering it as the ‘best possible’ deal it could have extracted from the government.
“The government was not ready to accept any changes in the bill. We felt that our purpose of extracting a major relief package for Seemandhra also gets served if the PM makes a promise on the floor of the house,” a BJP leader said.