Telangana bill tabled in the assembly, opposition tears and burns copy of the bill
saad salman | 17 Dec 2013

Telangana bill has been tabled in the Andhra Pradesh assembly, amid all the protest from the opposition on Monday, it was tabled in the house by speaker Nadendla Manohar. Soon after Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, 2013, was introduced in the house, legislators from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions) opposing the state's bifurcation came out of the house and tore the copies of the bill at the media point.

The drama has been started as the house started its proceeding's in the morning when YSR members immediately rushed to the house demanding that the house to pass a resolution urging the Center to keep the state united. Soon after that the Telangana members also got up and reached the wells of the house and demanded the same, as a result the speaker of the house adjourned the house for half an hour. Telangana MLA's said that the bill was an insult to them

The draft Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill-2013 seeks to create Telangana, India's 29th state, by splitting Andhra Pradesh. It has been sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly not for a vote but to gather views on it and is returnable to the President by January 23. MLAs from the Telangana region want the Bill to be discussed right away and sent back to the President for further processing. Those from the Seemandhra region - as Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema together are known - have wanted the Bill tabled and discussed only in January.

The bill was sent to President Pranab Mukherjee by the union cabinet on Dec 5 with a request to refer it to Andhra Pradesh assembly to seek its views under Article 3 of the Constitution. The bill reached Hyderabad on Dec 12 and the President has given time till Jan 23 to the assembly to return the bill with its views.

The winter session of the assembly is scheduled to end on Dec 20. Interestingly, both the CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Opposition leader TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu were absent in the House on Monday.