Telangana turmoil: Govt says no rethink,but sets no deadline

MHA to prepare another note with the reorganisation Bill.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: October 11, 2013 1:00:00 am

After the announcement on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh,the government seems to be treading cautiously. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday refused to set a deadline for the AP reorganisation Bill,which was slated to be introduced in the winter session of parliament.

He,however,ruled out any rethink on the Telangana decision. “I do not think there is any possibility of going back on the decision,” he said.

Shinde had earlier set a deadline of five-six months for the process to be complete,indicating that the Bill would be introduced during the winter session,which will now only be held after the Delhi Assembly polls. But on Thursday,Shinde refused to fix a deadline. Asked if the Bill would be introduced in the winter session,he replied,“we will see”.

Sources said the go-slow approach could be due to the ongoing agitation and violent protests in Seemandhra.

At the time of setting up the first GoM on the issue,the Cabinet had set a deadline of six weeks. But no such time frame has been fixed for the the newly-constituted GoM. Shinde,however,said they want to give their report “as early as possible”. Asked why there was no representation from Seemandhra in the GoM,Shinde said,“It is not an issue and justice will be done to the people of Andhra Pradesh.”

He said after the GoM finalises its decision,the home ministry will prepare another note with the reorganisation Bill,which will be brought before the Cabinet for approval. After this,the Prime Minister will send it to the President,who will refer it to the state legislature for its views to be given within 30 days. Under the constitution,it is not mandatory to seek a resolution from the assembly. But if the assembly gives its views,the same will be included in the reorganisation Bill and sent to the law ministry. After final vetting,the Bill will be presented before both the houses in parliament.

Samba attack: Shinde admits to ‘some lapses’

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

NEW DELHI,October 10

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde admitted Thursday that there were “some lapses” in dealing with the “fidayeen” attack in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir on September 26,and said an inquiry is on to fix the responsibilities of various security agencies and also suggest corrective steps.

“Some lapses were there…an inquiry is on. We had information about possible infiltration attempts in the entire belt along the LoC. We are making corrections based on our experience,” said Shinde.

He said the BSF and the Army are also inquiring into the incident in which three terrorists carried out the attack,killing 10 people,including an Army officer on September 26.

Meanwhile,India is trying to establish a new mechanism which will enable early release of fishermen,especially from Tamil Nadu who stray into Sri Lankan waters.

‘Strict action against cops in Liyaqat case’

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Thursday that “strict action” will be taken against Delhi Police officials who allegedly implicated surrendered militant Liyaqat Ali Shah. The Home Ministry has transferred the case to the NIA. ENS

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