Telangana Bill in Winter Session అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana.
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Telangana Bill likely to come up in Winter Session of Parliament
Deccan Chronicle, Ch. V.M. Krishna Rao, October 23, 2013
Hyderabad: The Telangana Bill is likely to come up in the Winter Session of Parliament, which the Centre intends to convene from December 5.
According to sources, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is keen to have the T-Bill passed in the Winter Session. But it all depends on the schedule of business that will evolve at the pre-session all-party meeting.
The Group of Ministers that is working on the Telangana Bill is expected to conclude its business around November 15, after which the draft legislation will be placed before the Union Cabinet.
The Cabinet will send the Bill to the President who will refer it to the AP Assembly to obtain its views, giving it 10 to 15 days time.
After that, the President will send it to the Cabinet. In all probability the T-Bill will be introduced in Parliament around December 10.
Sources pointed out that after the President refers the draft T-Bill to the Assembly, Speaker Nadendla Manohar, in consultation with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, will summon the House.
Certain quarters are raising the possibility of a Constitutional crisis being created to stall the T-Bill.
But, according to sources in the Speaker’s Office, after the President refers the Bill to the Assembly, whether or not the House is convened, debate is deferred or the Assembly cannot transact business, the President will view it as the Assembly is having expressed its opinion.
Speculations are rife that the CM may announce his resignation, before or after the T-debate, or before the Union Cabinet sends the T-Bill to the President. Sources said that would not help.
In case the CM resigns before the Assembly convenes, or announces it during the sitting, the Governor will ask him to continue as caretaker. In this case, the caretaker government can convene the Assembly as the House will be in existence.
If a new government has to be formed, there will be no hurdle for the House to transact business under the new Cabinet.
If the CM recommends dissolution of the Assembly, supported by a Cabinet resolution, and if there is no dissent, the Governor may order dissolution of the House. In that case the T-process will be delayed until a new Assembly is formed.
However, if ministers and legislators from Telangana submit a memorandum to the Governor opposing the measure, he is not bound by the earlier resolution. Such a situation arose in 1995, when the NTR Cabinet recommended dissolution of the House but then Governor Krishna Kant refused to take cognisance of it.
Digvijaya rules out Hyderabad as Union Territory
Hyderabad: Rejecting the suggestion from Seemandhra Union ministers, AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday said there was no possibility of declaring Hyderabad a Union Territory.
“This is not on our agenda, and there is no question of making Hyderabad a UT in the event of state bifurcation. The Terms of References for the Group of Ministers is very clear about it,” Mr Singh said during an interaction with the media in Delhi on Tuesday.
To Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s comment that he can stop the ‘cyclone of bifurcation of the state,’ Mr Singh said, “The Chief Minister is a loyal Congressman, he will not do anything against the party. I hope he will abide by the party’s decision to bifurcate the state.”
About the fresh resignations of four Seemandhra Congress MPs, Singh said, “It is not advisable for the MPs to go in for resignations now. I may remind them all that the same leaders have told us they will abide by whatever decision the Congress makes on the division of the state. We are here to do justice to all regions, especially the Seemandhra region. I appeal to them to withdraw their resignations.”
Singh said he will meet home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and get clarity on the Telangana Resolution, whether it is to be sent to Assembly in addition to the T Bill or not.
In a related development, Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal withdrew his petition filed in Delhi High Court, which sought a court direction to Lok Sabha Speaker Ms Meira Kumar to accept his resignation tendered sometime ago.