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We do not accept T-bill was introduced: BJP, other parties

PTI  New Delhi, February 13, 2014
First Published: 22:00 IST(13/2/2014) | Last Updated: 23:14 IST(13/2/2014)

Telangana Bill was on Thursday mired in yet another controversy with seven parties, including BJP, questioning government's statement that the bill has been introduced in the Lok Sabha, indicating that the proposed legislation could be reaching a dead end in this session.

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Leaders of six political parties including BJP, JD-U, SP, CPI and BJD led by Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met Speaker Meira Kumar and registered their opposition to the government's contention that the bill was introduced.

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TMC and YSR Congress leaders also lodged their protest with the Speaker not accepting the introduction of the legislation.

"The government has claimed that the bill has been introduced, but we do not accept this," Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj told reporters after she led a delegation of six parties to the Speaker to lodge their protest in the matter.

Read: L Rajagopal sprays pepper in LS over Telangana bill, Twitter stings him

"The Bill was not introduced...how is government claiming so?...If government is claiming the bill was introduced, we do not believe so," she said, stating that the Bill was not there in the business of the day nor in the supplementary agenda.

She said it was only at 2 PM that government included it as part of the supplementary agenda of Lok Sabha.

"I was sitting in the House even after the (pepper) spray incident and wanted to stay inside till I was advised by marshals to leave as it could cause harm to my health," she said, noting that she did not know when the bill was introduced even though she was inside Lok Sabha.

Other leaders who accompanied her to the Speaker included Sharad Yadav (JD-U), Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI), Shailendra Kumar (SP) and Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD). Kalyan Banerjee later met the Speaker to register his party's protest against the move.

Read: Telangana ‘debate’ has brought out the worst in some MPs

YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy also raised questions over the introduction of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill.

He said it was a "mockery" to say that the bill has been introduced as the whole thing was over in ten seconds and there were no 'ayes' and 'noes'.

The current session of Parliament concludes on February 21.

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