'Central government in minority cannot divide the State', says five Seemandhra MPs to President
December 29, 2013 - Hyderabad
Lagadapati Rajagopal, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Sabbam Hari, and G V Harsha Kumar called on Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum, seeking his intervention to stall the bifurcation, saying it is being carried out in violation of the Constitution.
These MPs argue that the Central Government is going ahead with the bifurcation of the State has no constitutional position as it was reduced to minority saying that the 'no trust' move initiated has the support of 70 MPs.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal and Anakapalli MP Sabbam Hari said that the strength of the Congress which originally had 229 members been reduced to 212 with 10 resignations and seven of its own members, issuing notice on the no-confidence motion. "Our argument is that the government has lost majority in the House with its own members up against its decision, while the alliance partners, including Trinamool Congress and DMK breaking ranks.
Seemandhra MPs consult experts
Rajahmundry MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar said that they have consulted the experts including retired Chief Justice of India MN Venkatachaliah. The MPs were told to send the affidavit against the divisions to the Centre as they felt it would serve as votes and come handy for the case. He said that they are requesting the Seemandhra MLAs and MPs be united and sent the affidavit to the Centre. He asked them to forget party lines for now and put up a united fight, said Arun Kumar. He explained, with the current strength of the House has been reduced to 278 (16 members have been disqualified for violating their party whip during the no-trust vote moved by TRS and YSR Congress in March this year), and 159 members from Seemandhra and 119 from Telangana. Based on the majority dissent in the House, they would move the Supreme Court on the grounds of Article 3, questioning the bifurcation said Arun Kumar.