The Andhra Pradesh Assembly speaker may opt to send the AP Reorganisation Bill 2013 to the President with suggestions, amendments and opinions expressed by 85 MLAs so far while keeping the notice issued by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy seeking a resolution to reject the Bill undecided until January 30, the deadline for the Assembly to end discussion on the Bill.
So far, 85 legislators have spoken in the Assembly, a majority opposing the creation of a separate state of Telangana, and have given close to 8,000 suggestions/amendments. Chief Minister Reddy also spoke for nearly seven hours, vehemently opposing the bill.
With further discussion unlikely in the next three days as Seemandhra and Telangana legislators are disrupting the house after the CM Saturday moved the notice to reject the Bill, the speaker is likely to simply wind up the discussion and send the Bill with the opinions received so far. However, the CM has made it clear that he is writing to President Pranab Mukherjee to extend the deadline again.
The CM dug in his heels today and MLAs from coastal and Rayalaseema districts rallied around him cutting across political lines, demanding that voting take place on a resolution to send back the Bill in its present form to the President.
The Assembly was adjourned without transacting any business. The CM gave notice seeking a resolution to reject the Bill as the Centre failed to mention why it was dividing the state. The CM’s move split the house vertically with Seemandhra MLAs of all parties on one side and Telangana MLAs on the other.
While speaker N Manohar Monday deferred taking a decision on the notice issued by the CM, ministers from Telangana, in an unprecedented move, joined MLAs from the region to stall proceedings and preempt any move by Speaker as the house reconvened Monday.
Telangana legislators stormed the Speaker’s podium raising slogans and demanding he reject the CM’s notice. Ministers from Telangana were also joined by the government chief whip who stormed to the well of the house and raised slogans against the chief minister.
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After the house was adjourned for the day, Reddy, unfazed by the blistering attack on him by Telangana ministers led by Deputy CM Damodar Rajanarasimha, told reporters he stood by his opinion the Bill in its present form should be sent back.