The clashes over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh witnessed on the streets of Hyderabad since the Congress decision to carve out Telangana from it on July 30, would move into the state assembly this Thursday.
The Kiran Kumar Reddy government, which avoided the contentious issue during the monsoon session of the assembly, has decided to convene the House now as it would be six months since it last met on June 21.
The Union cabinet has approved the Andhra Pradesh state reorganization bill made last week. The bill is sent to the President who, it is understood, is yet to refer the document to the assembly for its opinion.
However, with hardly any bills to be passed or business to be carried out, the sensitive issue is set to take up the entire space and time.
The Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly has so far not had a resolution in favor of dividing the state to form Telangana — unlike Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh which did so for formation of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand in 2000.
It could not do so as a majority of the House is against the state bifurcation. Out of the total 294 MLAs, 175 are from the Seemandhra region which is agitating since the Congress’ decision on July 30.
Given the numbers, the Centre has bypassed the resolution route and would straightaway send the bill. The fate of the bill in the assembly is now in question.
The Seemandhra MLAs, led by the Chief Minister Reddy, owed to defeat the bill, even if the party issues a whip to the extent.