New Delhi:  President Pranab Mukherjee has given his nod to the Telangana Bill, which is likely to be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

Home Ministry officials said on Monday evening that the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, which was approved by the Union Cabinet but rejected by the state Assembly, has been sent back to the Home Ministry with the Presidential approval.

But much to the chagrin of the government, its plans to push the Bill in the Rajya Sabha came a cropper on Monday night because of technical objections raised by the Rajya Sabha secretariat.

Chairman Hamid Ansari is understood to have summoned Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and told him that the government better take the Bill first to the Lok Sabha, citing his secretariat’s objections.

The government wanted to introduce the Bill in the Rajya Sabha so as to ensure it does not lapse, as happens to all pending Bills on the dissolution of the Lok Sabha or completion of its term.

Its strategy was to put blame on the Opposition if the Bill got stuck in the Rajya Sabha and take credit that it had kept its promise by introducing the Bill, which would remain on the agenda for the next government to enforce.

The Rajya Sabha Secretariat, however, faulted its plans on the ground that the Bill involves huge expenditures and as such it is like any other money bill that has to be first passed by the Lok Sabha as per the rules of business. The government’s plan was to bring a supplementary agenda on Tuesday morning and get the Bill introduced in the Rajya Sabha, even if the pandemonium continues. It has to now go before the Lok Sabha’s Business Advisory Committee on Tuesday to get the Bill cleared before it can be introduced in the House.

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