Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde is trying to introduce the bill on Andhra Pradesh’s bifurcation during the winter session of Parliament but chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy may have the last word on the timing.
Shinde on Thursday said the bill would be introduced in the winter session, which begins on December 5.
It’s a departure from his stand just a few days ago when he was reluctant to spell out the deadline. But government sources suggested that Shinde’s plan would require Reddy to play ball and convene the assembly for early discussion on the central bill.
The Group of Ministers discussing the bill’s modalities would finalise the draft over the next 10 days.
It will go to the cabinet and then to Rashtrapati Bhawan for seeking the views of Andhra’s legislative assembly and legislative council.
While Reddy would be given a definite time-frame as required under the Constitution, government sources said a reasonable period would be 30 days.