The Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill, after President Pranab Mukherjee’s nod, reached the state on Thursday, but CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, a champion of united Andhra, appears in no hurry to table it in the assembly.
The strategy is to delay it as long as possible and avoid the creation of Telangana before the 2014 general elections. And to that end, avoid the possibility of the bill’s introduction in the winter session of Parliament as proposed by the UPA government. Though constitutionally, the approval of the assembly is in no way essential for the Centre to bifurcate the state, the President has given the assembly time till January 23 to respond. It is understood that Reddy — who has defied the Congress central leadership’s diktat on the bifurcation — is not too keen to bring the bill up for discussion.
Plans are being made to hold a special session in January to discuss the bill and Reddy might seek more time from the President. But pro-Telangana parties like the TRS might not let off the Seemandhra brigade so easily. “What is the point of dragging feet on it when the bill is here? It should come for discussion before anything else,” said TRS legislator KT Rama Rao.