Supreme Court dismisses petitions challenging Centre’s Telangana move

The govt asserted that a separate Telangana state has already been promised.

New Delhi | Published:February 7, 2014 2:06 pm
Protesters at Jantar Mantar against the Centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana. (PTI) Protesters at Jantar Mantar against the Centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana. (PTI)

The Supreme Court junked all petitions seeking to restrain the Centre from going ahead with the creation of Telangana by placing the Bill in Parliament.

Earlier, asserting that Telangana is something that has already been promised, the government asked all parties to settle the issue finally as factions for and against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh continued disruption of Parliamentary proceedings.

“Let us see. This is something, which is already promised,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters outside Parliament.

He was asked whether the Union Cabinet will clear the Telangana bill in its meeting this evening so that it can be brought before Parliament for passage.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said disruptions over Telangana are not a Congress versus other parties issue.

“This issue is not about Congress MPs. It’s a question of Seemandhra MPs versus TDP MPs. My appeal is to all members is that they have to understand that if the issue is not solved in the 15th Lok Sabha, it will have to be settled in the next.

“Even then there will 17 MPs from Telangana and 25 from Seemandhra. This matter can only be put to rest by Parliament and by vote because there will always be members from Telangana and from Seemandhra. You can oppose it but opposing is different from obstruction. Disrupting Parliament proceedings weakens democracy and Parliamentary system,” Nath told reporters.

To a question as to whether the bill is expected to come to Parliament next week, Nath said, “We can always expect.”

CPI-M leader Basudev Acharia alleged that the no-confidence motion notice by Congress members shows that the disruptions are happening at the behest of the ruling party itself.

“They (Congress) do not want Parliament to run. They did not want the anti-corruption bills to be passed. Had they been serious about passing the anti-corruption bills, they could have brought it much earlier. We will not allow the passage of any bill in the din without a debate,” he said. (With PTI inputs)

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  1. W
    Watcher
    Feb 7, 2014 at 10:51 am
    consumers are not in Delhi alone, NTPC supplies power to large part of nation. If every one starts delaying payments, NTPC cannot survive. Money must be paid timely, it is for delhi govt or discoms to find out how to do it.Decision of court is faulty
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  2. W
    Watcher
    Feb 7, 2014 at 10:51 am
    consumers are not in Delhi alone, NTPC supplies power to large part of nation. If every one starts delaying payments, NTPC cannot survive. Money must be paid timely, it is for delhi govt or discoms to find out how to do it.Decision of court is faulty
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    harinath
    Feb 8, 2014 at 2:55 am
    Dividing a state is not such a great virtue. Exactly that is the reason that stan still holds Kashmir at stake - because of Kojja BJP and Congress
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    harinath
    Feb 8, 2014 at 2:55 am
    Dividing a state is not such a great virtue. Exactly that is the reason that stan still holds Kashmir at stake - because of Kojja BJP and Congress
    Reply
  5. R
    RJ
    Feb 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Congress is going to pay dearly for its scorched earth politics with the lives of millions of people of Andhra Pradesh. AP is being divided at the personal whim of Sonia and her coterie purely for minor electoral gains, with no research or planning on how Seemandhra is going to be compensated for the loss of Hyderabad, the crown jewel of the state. Hyderabad was developed for many decades in the name of all people of AP (major public sector industries, major academic and cultural insutions, infrastructure projects, IT industry, film industry, military bases, etc). In one swift brutal political decision, one corrupt leader and her coterie are giving it all away to Telangana without a care, concern or compensation plan for Seemandhra. As I said before, this is nothing short of financial and cultural genocide on the people of Seemandhra by the Central government.To add insult to injury, they want to make Hyderabad to be the capital of Seemandhra for another ten years; so basically, the people of Seemandhra will have to go to a different state like beggars to conduct the business of their own state - imagine making Chennnai to be the capital of Karnataka for ten years and imagine millions of Kannadigas making trips and looking like beggars on the streets of Chennai, while possibly being subjected to ridicule and harment. Any sensible bifurcation plan would have done at least two things: (i) set the bifurcation date ten or twenty years in future; (ii) use that time to develop a capital city, industries, academic insutions and other infrastructure of Seemandhra; (iii) conduct a thorough accounting and figure out a just financial compensation package for Seemandhra.But, we are talking about an ultra corrupt government headed by a mumbling old man and his puppet master, who care only about the welfare of the dynasty, not the people.
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  6. R
    RJ
    Feb 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Congress is going to pay dearly for its scorched earth politics with the lives of millions of people of Andhra Pradesh. AP is being divided at the personal whim of Sonia and her coterie purely for minor electoral gains, with no research or planning on how Seemandhra is going to be compensated for the loss of Hyderabad, the crown jewel of the state. Hyderabad was developed for many decades in the name of all people of AP (major public sector industries, major academic and cultural insutions, infrastructure projects, IT industry, film industry, military bases, etc). In one swift brutal political decision, one corrupt leader and her coterie are giving it all away to Telangana without a care, concern or compensation plan for Seemandhra. As I said before, this is nothing short of financial and cultural genocide on the people of Seemandhra by the Central government.To add insult to injury, they want to make Hyderabad to be the capital of Seemandhra for another ten years; so basically, the people of Seemandhra will have to go to a different state like beggars to conduct the business of their own state - imagine making Chennnai to be the capital of Karnataka for ten years and imagine millions of Kannadigas making trips and looking like beggars on the streets of Chennai, while possibly being subjected to ridicule and harment. Any sensible bifurcation plan would have done at least two things: (i) set the bifurcation date ten or twenty years in future; (ii) use that time to develop a capital city, industries, academic insutions and other infrastructure of Seemandhra; (iii) conduct a thorough accounting and figure out a just financial compensation package for Seemandhra.But, we are talking about an ultra corrupt government headed by a mumbling old man and his puppet master, who care only about the welfare of the dynasty, not the people.
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