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Telangana bill back in AP assembly focus today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, January 03, 2014
First Published: 00:20 IST(3/1/2014) | Last Updated: 00:28 IST(3/1/2014)

The state’s bifurcation issue is set to shake up the Andhra Pradesh assembly once again on Friday when it convenes to discuss the controversial Telangana bill.

The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, intended to carve out a separate Telangana state, was tabled in the assembly on December 16 but could not be discussed as the two factions kept sparring inside and outside the House during the week-long session.

The assembly is meeting now in two phases, with a Sankranti break, to debate the bill that has to be sent back to the Centre by January 23. However, it is to be seen if those opposed to Telangana’s creation — YSRCP, Seemandhra TDP and the Congress — would allow the discussion to take place.

These groups are demanding that a resolution in favour of a united Andhra be passed before the debate, a stand that could anger the Telangana groups. The Congress’ Telangana ministers are also angry that the legislative affairs portfolio was taken away from their colleague Sridhar Babu and given to S Sailajanath, a strong votary of united Andhra.

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