Will quit politics if Telangana Bill is tabled in Parliament: Andhra CM

Sources said many MLAs who supported rebel candidates were called by FM Anam Ramnarayana Reddy to his chamber and forced to change their decision.

Hyderabad | Updated: January 30, 2014 12:22:41 pm
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. (Reuters) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. (Reuters)

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday threatened to quit politics if the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, is tabled in Parliament in its current form.

“The Bill is incomprehensive and incomplete. What the Centre has sent us cannot be accepted by anybody. Even then, if the Centre tables it in Parliament, I will quit my post and quit politics,’’ he told reporters outside the Assembly.

“The Union home ministry cheated us on the Telangana Bill. It is the responsibility of the home ministry to check the Bill and ensure that it is in proper order before sending it to the Assembly. I am not asking them to correct flaws, but am opposing the Bill,” he said.

In the morning, Reddy and his cabinet colleagues, barring two members, from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions submitted affidavits to Speaker Nadendla Manohar stating their opposition to the proposed bifurcation of the state and rejecting the Bill. Congress MLAs from Seemandhra region also submitted similar affidavits to the Speaker, with the request that these be forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee.

“The provisions contained in the Bill are detrimental to the interests of the state. As such we are rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013,’’ said the affidavits.

“We are not sure if the deadline will be extended for a second time. The deadline is Thursday, so we are submitting our views against the Bill in the form of affidavits,’’ said Minister S Sailajanath.

Reddy had sought three more weeks to debate the Bill in the Assembly. However, many Seemandhra MLAs have started questioning Reddy’s decision to seek another extension from the President to discuss the Bill when he is insisting that the Assembly passes a resolution to reject it.

Meanwhile, the Assembly was adjourned for the third consecutive day as Seemandhra and Telangana MLAs nearly came to blows. As soon as the House assembled at 9 am, Seemandhra MLAs demanded that the Speaker take up Reddy’s notice to reject the Bill. Telangana MLAs countered by demanding that the Speaker dismiss the notice. MLAs of the Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress Party said they would remain in the House till the Speaker agrees to their demand. Another drama unfolded on the sidelines as senior Congress MLAs cornered party MLAs who allegedly issued letters of support to rebel candidates for the Rajya Sabha polls. Despite the party’s attempts to stop rebel candidates, the nominations of Congress MLC K V Satyanarayana Raju and MLA Adala Prabhakar Reddy were accepted by the poll panel on Wednesday.

Sources said many MLAs who had supported the rebel candidates were called by Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy to his chamber and forced to change their decision.

Centre to table Bill in House

New Delhi: The Centre is likely to go ahead and table the Telangana Bill in the upcoming session of Parliament beginning February 5. Kiran Kumar Reddy has sought more time from the President to discuss the legislation in the Assembly. As the decision of the state Assembly, either way, is not mandatory, the Central government will go ahead with its decision to create Telangana by tabling the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in Parliament, said officials. The GoM set up to look into the bifurcation is likely to meet on February 4. ENS

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