Move due to frequent disruptions in debate: CM
Hyderabad : As the stalemate continued over Telangana Bill in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking extension of deadline for discussing and returning it.
Reddy told reporters, he has written to the President but did not specify how much time was sought. But, sources close to him said an additional three weeks were sought by the state government.
The President initially gave time till January 23 to the state Legislature to discuss the Bill and return it but subsequently extended the deadline till January 30. Reddy’s move came after the Seemandhra ministers and MLAs at a meeting with him decided to seek additional time citing frequent disruptions in the Assembly.
So far only about 90 MLAs, including the Chief Minister, spoke on the Bill and expressed their views while some others gave their opinion in writing.
But most of the Assembly time was lost in disruptions byeither the Seemaandhra or the Telangana legislators on one demand or the other.
Standing in the Well and raising slogans against the Chief Minister, the Telangana legislators pushed the House into pandemonium as soon as the proceedings began at 9 am. Members from Seemaandhra region too went into the Well, demanding that the Speaker place the notices issued by the Chief Minister and others under Rule 77 before the House for consideration.
The Chief Minister also refused to be drawn into the debate over the “original and final” AP Re-Organisation Bill. “In its present form, the Bill is not comprehensive. A Bill that has to be presented in Parliament should be comprehensive with details like statement of objects and reasons, financial memorandum and also the statement of purpose.