‘Consensus’ Pretext Defeats Private Bill on Telangana అక్టోబర్ 25, 2008Posted by Telangana Utsav in elections, politics, Telangana.
Telangana put off for next session
By Venkat Parsa
Oct. 24: The private member’s resolution on Telangana, which was to be introduced by BJP MP P.S. Gadhvi, has been deferred to the next leg of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The next Monsoon Session is likely to be reconvened after the Assembly elections, sometime in December.
The resolution, which was to be moved by Mr Gadhavi, read, “Keeping in view the long-pending demand of the people of Telangana region of the state of Andhra Pradesh for the creation of new State of Telangana, the House urges upon the government to take steps for the creation of the new state.”
Apparently, the political managers stepped in to firmly signal that the government’s hand cannot be forced.
The government, which has been facing considerable heat over the demands for the formation of the Telangana state ahead of the general election in early 2009, the government braced to firm up its response, in the eventuality of the private member’s resolution being taken up, forcing the government to come up with its well-considered response to the demand of Telangana.
According to highly-placed sources, the government is pointing to formalities, which precede such an exercise. These include political and administrative measures. Politically, the government favours holding consultations and evolving consensus. On completion of these formalities and after evolving a consensus, appropriate action might be taken.
The national common minimum programme (NCMP) had taken a similar stand. The matter requires due consultations with a view to forge a consensus. The government is clear that it will consider the demand for the formation of a new Telangana state at the appropriate time, after due consultations and consensus.
Further, the government is yet to receive a resolution duly passed by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in this regard.
All the three states of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh that were created recently were supported by similar resolutions by the respective state Assemblies.
Source- The Asian Age, 23 October 2008