Elected MLAs oath taking in limbo in Andhra Pradesh
May 16, 2014 - Hyderabad
Since the elections for Assembly and Parliament has completed, all eyes on oath taking by the elected representatives.
Situation in the State is peculiar and different since the State is under the President's Rule from March 1 and the Assembly was dissolved on March 5 after being it suspended animation. President of India has given his ascent to the AP division Bill on March 1 and the appointed day for bifurcation was fixed at June 2.
Since the general elections were conducted after the Assembly was dissolved during the President's rule, the debate now is on whether the Governor should convene the AP Assembly session to administer the oath? Or should be it taken up after bifurcation of the State?
Schools of thought on the issue:
Sources of Raj Bhavan and Legislature Secretariat say that they have to wait till June 2, the appointed day and would take place after the appointed date.
Senior leader of YSRCP Dr MV Mysoora Reddy said that it would take place only after June 2. Before that the AP Assembly could be convened and then the process could take place and the same version was voiced by TDP MP Sujana Chowdary.
Gautam Pingle, retired Dean of Research and Consultancy, Administrative Staff College of India said that the victorious members of the Assembly would get a declaration of being elected by the returning officers. They cannot be construed as members of the Assembly till they take oath. As they are elected for the Assembly, they would have to be sworn in for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. On June 2, the new State of Telangana would come into existence and the 119 MLS elected from the 10 districts would then be allotted to the new State of Telangana. The rest of 175 will continue as the members of the State Assembly of the residuary Andhra Pradesh.