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Protests in Andhra House scuttle tabling of Telangana Bill

Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, December 14, 2013
First Published: 00:46 IST(14/12/2013) | Last Updated: 11:10 IST(16/12/2013)

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy seems to be exploring all means to delay a discussion on the Telangana bill as long as possible to avoid the creation of the state before the 2014 polls.

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Though the union home ministry, which formulated the Andhra Pradesh state reorganisation bill, sent the copies on a special aircraft on Thursday after the President’s nod, it was not put up before the House on Friday.

This is even as the MLAs of TRS, BJP and Telangana factions of TDP and Congress held placards insisting the bill be taken up for discussion immediately. Their slogans mixed with those of YSR Congress and Seemandhra TDP and Congress MLAs opposing any move to bifurcate the state.

In an unprecedented scene, all the Andhra Pradesh MLAs, barring the ministers, stormed the speaker’s podium every time the house met. The uproar forced the house to be adjourned till Monday.

Peeved at Reddy’s ‘delaying tactics’, the Telangana ministers complained about the issue to Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh.

“The bill has been avoided deliberately and the strategy is to avoid a discussion as long as possible,” said DK Aruna, information minister.

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Speaking to HT, a Seemandhra minister close to the CM confirmed, “We have time till January 23 to respond on the bill. Even then we have the option of seeking more time from the President.”

If forced to bring the bill in the assembly next week, ways would be explored to avoid its introduction in the winter session of Parliament.

Kiran Kumar Reddy, is keen on clause by clause discussion and voting on the bill — a lengthy process for which the present session could be shown as insufficient.


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