Andhra Pradesh News on February 20, 2014
February 20, 2014 - Hyderabad
- Prime Minister announces on Telangana State
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday made a statement in Rajya Sabha on AP State Reorganization Bill 2013.
The Statement of the Prime Minister went on amidst noisy scenes by opposition members. Some of the members tore the Bill copies. He said that the government is committed for all round development of all regions. He announced that Hyderabad will be joint capital for the two States. Seemandhra will enjoy a special status for a period of five years on lines of Bundehl-Khand and special packages will be given to Seemandhra and Uttaranahdra. Special tax concession would be given to Seemandhra.
- Rajya Sabha MP KVP Ramachandra Rao fell unconscious in Rajya Sabha
Seemandhra Rajya Sabha member KVP Ramachandra Rao fell unconscious during the proceedings of Rajya Sabha. He was rushed to hospital for medicare. During the protest in Rajya Sabha, KVP Ramachandra Rao maintained silent protest by holding a placard.
- Rajya Sabha cleared controversial AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 paving way for formation of 29 th State
Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 with voice vote. It will be go to the President for his approval resulting to the carving of separate Telangana State. CMP staged a walkout from Rajya Sabha in protest against not taking voting on the Bill.
- 'Though I am an integrationist but stands by party's division', says Union Minister K Chiranjeevi.
Union Minister for Tourism, Minister Chiranjeevi participating in the debate said that it is unfortunate that the decision has been taken by the Congress party. He said that the Justice Sri Krishna Committee too recommend that the State be united. I am integrationist but committed to the Congress party's stand. He said TDP and YSRCP too supported the formation of Telangana formation. He charged that YSRCP and TDP have taken a U turn for political gains but not people's concerns. He was critical of TDP's equal justice and wanted an explanation.
TDP members rushed to towards Chiranjeevi when he raised the name of TDP.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley raising a point of order said that Chiranjeevi is part of Council members and questioned how he could express his personal opinion and wanted him to step down and come back.
Deputy Chairman giving ruling said Chair cannot direct a member or a Minister to speak in a particular way. Kurian said that it is left to the member to think of himself whether it is in order to speak against Government by being a member of it.
- Division is inevitable but justice is to be done to Seemandhra ', says BJP senior leader Venkaiah Naidu.
Amidst sloganeering by members, participating in the debate, BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu continued his speech on the AP State Reorganization Bill. He said that they are supporting the formation of Telangana. He wanted justice to be done for Seemandhra people. Action should be taken for the security of the Seemandhra people in Hyderabad. He explained division wise revenue and wanted the interference of Centre in respect of funding. He wanted expansion of Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati airports. He wanted Railway divisions to be restructured. He wanted the Centre to address the issues and wanted granting of Rs. 10,000 crore. He dared the Centre and said that the Congress with its own Chief Minister at the State and could not control the members. They are raising slogans in the Well. But said they are blaming on the BJP. He criticized the dual aspects of the Congress.
- Division is inevitable but justice is to be done to Seemandhra ', says BJP senior leader Venkaiah Naidu.
BJP senior leader Venkaiah Naidu said that Seemandhra people are in severe distress. Congress members are objecting the Bill He wanted their cooperation for a discussion on the Bill. He said that he wanted to raises issues concerning the Seemandhra people. He said both people of these two regions are brothers and as division is inevitable, BJP is supporting it said Venkaiah Naidu.
- Rajya Sabha adjourned for eight times
-Union Minister for Parliamentary affairs Kamalanath said that the BJP that did not pose even a single amendments now proposes and amendments at this stage is not feasible. He wanted the BJP to cooperate for the smooth passage of the B Ill.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar speaking to media said that BJP is supporting the Bill and Arun Jaitley is only raising constitutional issues. Demanding justice to Seemandhra is their demand, said Javadekar.
Participating, BJP senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu said that the Deputy Chairman has to see that the House is in order for the passage of the Bill.
Members including of BJP, Trinamool Congress and TDP members have issued notices that the Bill has no constitutional validity.
In an all-party meeting chaired by Hamid Ansari, BJP said that it will support the Bill but wanted a comprehensive debate on it. It is agreed that the members have decided to pass the Bill today itself.
- Understanding reached between Centre and BJP on demands
The Centre has finally agreed to the demands/amendments sought by the BJP in respect of AP State Reorganization Bill 2013. Following this, the passage of the Bill in Rajya Sabha has become ease. The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will announce this in the form of a statement. Among those agreed are extension of special package to Uttaranahdra and Rayalaseema, handing over revenue divisions to Seemandhra except Bhadrachalam, Tax exemptions on the lines of Himachal Pradesh, Special status to Seemandhra for a period of ten years.
- TDP MP Sujana Chowdary issues notice
TDP MP Sujana Chowdary on Thursday issued notice to the Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha asking him to summon the Attorney General and explain of the financial implication due to the division of the State. The notice is issued as part of blocking the Bill in the House.
- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned by 2pm
Following unruly scenes in Rajya Sabha with Seemandhra MPs Sujana Chowdary, CM Ramesh went into the placards raising slogans along with Tamil Naidu MPs went into the Well demanding their respective demands. The deputy Chairman was forced to adjourn the House by 2pm. Union Minister K Chiranjeevi standing on his seat raised protests.
Lok Sabha too adjourned following unruly scenes.
- BJP and Seemandhra Union Ministers claim of credit for themselves on the amendments.
Both the BJP and Seemandhra Union Minsters have claimed of having got the demanded/amendments done with Congress-led UPA government. It is understood that the Government has acceded to the amendments sought by the BJP and with this, the passage of the Bill in Rajya Sabha will be only a nominal. Government may in the form of announcement be made in Rajya Sabha.
- 'BJP copies of our achieved amendments', says Union Minister JD Seelam
Union Minister for State for Finance JD Seelam said that the Union Ministers along with MPs have met AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi. He said that Rahul Gandhi had agreed for five important demands and a statement from the Government likely.
The demands accepted are included issue of Rs.10,000 crore financial package for Seemandhra, special status and special package for a period of ten years, tax rebates on the lines of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, special package for Rayalaseema.
He accused that Union Territory Status could not be achieved as the BJP has obstructed of it. JD Seelam accused the BJP having copied their fulfilled demands as if was achieved by them.
- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha begin and adjourned
Both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned by one hour immediately after the question hour following protests. AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 is itemized as no.5 in Rajya Sabha is coming for a discussion. Seemandhra MPs raises slogans in the podium that rocks the House. Following their protests, the Chairman has adjourned the House by 12 noon.
- Governor's recommendations to Centre on President rule
The recommendations sent by Governor ESL Narasimhan who reportedly recommend for imposition of President rule have been reached by the Centre and a final decision likely within a day.
- TDP in a mission damage control in Telangana
Telugu Desam Party leaders began on a mission damage control caused by party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu's frequent remarks on the Telangana tangle. Peddampally MLA Ch Vijaya Rama Rao addressing press on Wednesday said that the role of the party president in the development of the region and carving out of separate State.
Vijaya Rama Rao said that the letter the party president had to the centre that paved way for creation of Telangana State and added that the development in the region is but due to the efforts of Chandrababu Naidu. TDP will play a vital role in the reconstruction of newly formed Telangana State by winning a sizable number of seats in the next elections, said Vijaya Rama Rao.
- EAMCET applications accepted from February 20.
Online applications for EAMCET begin from Thursday according to EAMCET convener Prof.Ramana Rao.
It may be recalled that Jawaharlal Lal Nehru Technology University (JNTU) will be conducting the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET). Notification was issued on February 10 and test will be conducted on May 17 and results will be announced on June, 2. The EAMCET (engineering stream) will be conducted from 10am to 2pm while (medical stream) will be conducted from 2.30 to 5.30pm. For the first time application are invited for the test through on line and applications will be accepted from February 20. Applications will be available upto March 30 said the Convenor.
- Prashanti Express to stop at Nidadavolu
VIJAYWADA: Trains Nos.18463/18464 Bhubaneswar-Bangalore-Bhubaneswar Prasanthi Expresses have been provided stoppage at Nidadavolu station on an experimental basis for six month from February 25.
- AP High Court directs the State Government to explain why polls were not conducted in fishermen's villages
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan of the AP High Court on Wednesday directed the State Government to explain why elections were not being conducted to gram panchayats in five fishermen's villages in Bheemunipatnam mandal of Visakhapatnam though their merger with GVMC was set aside.
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan while dealing with a writ petition filed by Yerasu Appalakonda and other fishermen of K Nagarapalem, Kapulappada, Chepalauppada, Nidigattu and JV Agraharam of Bheemunipatnam Mandal lamented that the officers were not ready to restore the panchayats to their original status and complained that elections were not being held.
The judge directed the government to file a comprehensive affidavit by February 26, explaining why the elections were not being held.
- BJP had let the TDP down', laments Naidu
Telugu Desam Party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu was feeling very depressed that the BJP had let him down by not cooperative with him in stalling the introduction of the division bill.
Chandrababu Naidu who had earlier prepared to have tie up with the BJP now rethinks of having to go by the people mood on the elections alliances.
In a press conference, he said that will finalize the action plan after the conclusion of Parliament on Friday. He expressed dismay that the national parties had ignored him because he did not have the numbers to influence the course of the Bill. He said that he had unsuccessfully explained to the BJP leadership that the party must reject the Bill. He questioned 'how did the BJP allow powers for the Governor to handle law and order in Hyderabad without Constitutional amendment.
- Women wanted in 21 criminal cases held
A 50 year old Malaysian citizen against whom 21 criminal cases were registered in the State has been apprehended by Immigration officials at the Chennai International Airport based on a look out circular issued by Crime Investigation Department. Pushpam Appalanaidu was wanted in 21 criminal cases mostly for cheating people in the name of chit fund and money circulation schemes across the State of Andhra Pradesh. CID officials are on their way to Chennai to take her into custody.
- Three kidnapped children found murdered
NIZAMABAD: Three grandchildren of former Mandal Praja Parishat Raghupati Reddy of Remjal mandal, Siri (9),Akshyaa (6) and Rushi (4) were kidnapped on Wednesday night created sensation.
The former MPP came to attend a function along with his family to Lakshmi Mansion Apartment in Gangastan Phase I. They were alleged kidnapped on late night on Wednesday. Following a complaint, police registered a case and found them killed near a bridge at Basara. They found the car in which they were taken. Police found the dead bodies near Sudhareddy Engineering College at the outskirts. They suspect that Narendra Reddy uncle of the deceased might have killed them. Police are investigating.
Police are in a hunt for Narendra Reddy accused in the murder and they found his car near a bridge in Basara.
- Bramhotsavams in Sri Sailam will begin today.