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Telangana derails day 1

Chidambaram says Cabinet note to address substantive and procedural issues

Pointing out that a host of “substantive matters” have to be addressed for formation of a Telangana state,Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday told Parliament that a “comprehensive” Cabinet note containing “both substantive and procedural issues” will be brought by the Home Ministry.

Making a statement in Rajya Sabha,Chidambaram said that while the Constitution lays down a procedure for the formation of a new state,a number of substantive matters have to be addressed and these are under the consideration of the government.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs will bring a comprehensive note for the Cabinet containing both substantive and procedural issues for the decision of the Cabinet. These will include,but not limited to,sharing of river waters,generation and distribution of electricity,safety and security of all residents in all the three regions,guarantee of fundamental rights of all residents,etc,” he said.

The Finance Minister said the government was ready for a discussion after the Cabinet takes a decision. “Once the Cabinet takes decisions on these matters,there will be an opportunity for this House to have a structured discussion on the subject. The government will welcome such a discussion at an appropriate time,” he said.

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Meanwhile,both the Houses of Parliament were marred by noisy scenes and disruptions over the Telangana issue on Monday. In an embarrassing scene in Lok Sabha,Congress MPs from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions hit the Well of the House holding placards along with TDP members. While the TDP members protested TRS Chief K Chandrasekar Rao’s reported remarks that officials from Seemandhra who work in Telangana region will have to go back,Congress MPs were shouted slogans carrying “we want justice for Seemandhra area” and “we want united Andhra Pradesh” placards.

In Rajya Sabha,two TDP members — C M Ramesh and Y S Chowdary — managed to derail the proceedings as they stood in the Well of the House shouting “save Andhra Pradesh” through the day,prompting the Chair to observe many a time that they were holding the House to ransom.

With similar scenes during the post-lunch session,Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said he was not going to adjourn the House because of two members and proceeded with a discussion on the Uttarakhand tragedy. “This is blackmail. I don’t want to be blackmailed,” he said.

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Both the Houses also saw members of the Bodoland People’s Front demanding the creation of Bodoland out of Assam.

First published on: 06-08-2013 at 02:58:15 am
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