Andhra Pradesh State Government sends back Telangana Bill
February 2, 2014 - Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh State Government on Monday sent back the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 along with the views expressed by members and resolutions passed in both the Houses.
Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill 2013, which seeks to carve out a separate Telangana state, was Monday sent to the Centre along with the report on the debate in the legislature and also resolutions passed in both the houses rejecting the bill. 35 bundles of the material will be handed over to the Union Home Ministry. The State Assembly and Council on January 30 had passed by a voice vote official resolution rejecting the Bill and requesting the President not to forward the same to the Parliament. Legislature Secretary Raja Sadaram Sunday handed over the bill along with all the documents to Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty.
It may be recalled here that the President had referred the bill to the state legislature Dec 12, asking it to give its opinion by Jan 23. The same was tabled in both the houses Dec 16. However, it could not be taken up for debate for several days due to protests by Seemandhra MLAs opposing the bifurcation. The state government had sought four more weeks to debate the bill but the President extended the deadline by a week. The chief minister's request for another extension by three weeks was rejected.