Telangana a ‘money Bill’, tabling in RS unlikely today

Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah embarrassed the government by saying that Telangana should not be created.

New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2014 10:00 am

The government’s plan to introduce the Telangana Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday hit a major roadblock on Monday after questions were raised over the constitutionality of introducing the Bill first in the Upper House.

Government sources indicated that the possibility of the Bill being introduced was “very bleak as it would be unconstitutional”.

The Rajya Sabha Secretariat is of the view that since the proposed law would involve appropriation of money out of the Consolidated Fund of India, it is a Money Bill as defined under Article 110 of the constitution. The secretariat is learnt to have consulted legal experts and advised the government against bringing the Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Under Article 117 (1) of the constitution, a Money Bill can’t be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. Sources in the union law ministry told The Indian Express that the Bill “as it stands today” is a Money Bill. The ministry was learnt to have conveyed its view to the government, which was considering seeking the opinion of the attorney general.

However, a section in the government believes there is no problem with bringing the Bill to Parliament.

“If any question arises whether a Bill is a Money Bill or not, the matter is referred to the Lok Sabha Speaker, whose decision is deemed to be final and can’t be challenged in any court. However, such a contentious Bill can be introduced in Rajya Sabha only after the Speaker gives a certificate to the effect that the Bill is not a Money Bill,” said an official.

Meanwhile, Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Monday embarrassed the government by saying that Telangana should not be created.

“I think it (the issue of Telangana) has gone out of gear, terribly out of gear. You have seen 70 per cent, 80 per cent of people do no want division, yet a division is taking place… The people of the state do not want division. We should not divide,” Farooq told reporters after Parliament was adjourned once again over the issue.

TRS chief meets Sonia
NEW DELHI: TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao Monday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, reviving talks about the party’s merger with the Congress after passage of the Telangana Bill in Parliament. TRS sources claimed the merger issue was not discussed and said Rao only thanked her for taking the initiative for creation of Telangana and urged her to ensure that the Bill is passed in Parliament at the earliest. ENS

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    Sanjay behl
    Feb 11, 2014 at 5:23 am
    No one expects that in the present political scenario, parliament can function smoothly and p important pending bills with concensus. Instead, embarring itself , UPA Government should shorten the session for 2-3 days and put only vote on accounts on its agenda.
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      Prince gupta
      Feb 11, 2014 at 5:30 am
      In present political scenario, there is no possibility of any meaningful discussions in [parliament. To avoid daily confrontations and interruption, Government and opposition should concentrate on ping vote on accounts to avoid consutional crisis..
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        Prince gupta
        Feb 11, 2014 at 5:30 am
        In present political scenario, there is no possibility of any meaningful discussions in [parliament. To avoid daily confrontations and interruption, Government and opposition should concentrate on ping vote on accounts to avoid consutional crisis..
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          Shazia
          Feb 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm
          It doesn't matter if the bill is unconsutional or if majority of people want division. Congress is bound to be benefited from the bill therefore the party will go any level to get that benefit. How does it matter if people of AP suffer? Probably they will feel good after RG becomes prime minister and creates a new practice of youth corruption.
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            Shazia
            Feb 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm
            It doesn't matter if the bill is unconsutional or if majority of people want division. Congress is bound to be benefited from the bill therefore the party will go any level to get that benefit. How does it matter if people of AP suffer? Probably they will feel good after RG becomes prime minister and creates a new practice of youth corruption.
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              Chandra
              Feb 11, 2014 at 1:40 am
              This party, which is power for 10 years now and nearly 50 years in earlier stints, doesn't know whether a bill is Money bill or not. This shows the kind of procedural shortcuts adopted to push the T-Bill at any cost.
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                Chandra
                Feb 11, 2014 at 1:40 am
                This party, which is power for 10 years now and nearly 50 years in earlier stints, doesn't know whether a bill is Money bill or not. This shows the kind of procedural shortcuts adopted to push the T-Bill at any cost.
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                  Citizen
                  Feb 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                  This is what is expected when people do the things with out applying their gray matter to the problem only to appease some sections of the society to garnish votes and listen/follow the illiterates. Jaihind
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                    Citizen
                    Feb 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                    This is what is expected when people do the things with out applying their gray matter to the problem only to appease some sections of the society to garnish votes and listen/follow the illiterates. Jaihind
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                      Murthy VRK
                      Feb 11, 2014 at 4:08 am
                      It appears the President approved the draft even without opening the envelope and applying his mind....
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