Gives AP only 7 days to finalise bill
The state government had sought more time on the ground that the Bill has been debated by the Assembly for only a few days and many MLAs are yet to speak on it which was not possible within the deadline of January 23 set in the President’s order.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged the President during their meeting on Monday that the UPA government has committed to form the new state to meet the demand agitated for years and hold simultaneous Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana along with the Lok Sabha polls.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is egging on the government to see creation of Telangana before the Lok Sabha polls as decided by the Union Cabinet on December 5. The Bill envisages creation of Telangana with 10 districts, leaving the remaining 13 districts as part of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad will remain the common capital for both the States for a period not exceeding 10 years.
The President had referred the Bill to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly to elicit its views on December 12.
The Home Ministry sources said irrespective of whether the Bill is returned by the Assembly with or without its views, Parliament will go ahead with its passage to create the new state.
AP Chief Minister Kiran Reddy meanwhile, stoutly opposed the proposed bifurcation of the state while participating in the debate on the Bill in the Assembly in Hyderabad on Thursday.