If these indications are true, the Centre would table the Bill during the budget session in February, a couple of months before the next general elections.
The indication that the bill might not come up in the winter session was evident from the notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariat on Tuesday constituting the Group of Ministers to “address all the issues that need resolution at the Central and the state government levels” on the formation of Telangana state.
The notification underlines the terms and conditions for the GoM, but is silent on fixing any time frame for completion of its job.
In fact, the time frame of six months for the GoM to work out modalities on Telangana was mentioned as clause no. 12 in the terms of reference of the Cabinet note put forth by Home Ministry in the Union Cabinet on October 3.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also told media after the Cabinet meeting that the GoM would be given six weeks’ time to submit its report and he even hinted that the Telangana Bill would most likely to be tabled during the winter session of Parliament. It was also endorsed by Union Science and Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy.
But the time frame of six weeks later went missing in the official press release of the Centre. It took nearly five days for the Centre to constitute the GoM and when it was done; there was no mention of any time frame for completion of its task.
Meanwhile, AICC spokesman PC Chacko declined to give a time-frame for formation of the new state when asked by reporters whether it would be formed before or after the Lok Sabha polls and whether a bill on the issue will be brought in the winter session of Parliament.
Conceding that the situation after the decision on Telangana has become "very complex", he wanted leaders of all political parties to help create a congenial atmosphere for discussion and dialogue. He alleged that several parties including BJP and TDP were playing "opportunistic politics" on the issue.
Noting that it was the responsibility of the government to bring normalcy, Chacko said that if best efforts to ensure a dialogue fail, then strong action should be taken including invocation of Essential Services Maintenance Act so that common people do not suffer.
Asked whether President's rule should be imposed on the state, he said that such a situation might come, but was not there at present. "Government of Andhra Pradesh may be finding it difficult, but it is in control."