94 Seemandhra MLAs Vow to Fight Telangana Bill
By Express News Service | Published: 07th January 2014 09:16 AM |
As many as 94 Seemandhra lawmakers, including nine ministers, cutting across political lines, attended the roundtable meeting organised by Secretariat Seemandhra Employees’ Joint Action Committee (JAC), at a hotel here on Monday evening, and resolved to make every attempt to stall bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. However they failed to arrive at a conclusion on how to achieve their objective as the meeting witnessed differences.
During the meeting, the MLAs and MLCs, who belong to Congress, TDP and YSRC, passed a resolution to “wage a combined war” against the Centre leaving their political affiliations aside until the T-process is halted.
After the meeting, JAC leader MuraliKrishna claimed that as many as 140 MLAs and MLCs from Seemandhra had come forward to vote against the T-bill in both the Houses during the debate on the bill. He also said the meeting had decided to challenge the T-Bill in the court as it had turned a blind eye to the concerns of Seemandhra people.
“We have decided to challenge the T-bill in the court as there are various loopholes in it. The contents and clauses of the bill will not stand legal scrutiny,” he said.
Ministers Sake Sailajanath, TG Venkatesh, Kondru Murali Mohan, Erasu Pratap Reddy, K Parthasaradhi, Vatti Vasanth Kumar, Pithani Satyanarayana, Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy and Galla Aruna Kumari attended the meeting, during which the majority of participants wanted a comprehensive debate on the bill in the Assembly to explain how bifurcation of the State would be detrimental to the interests of the Seemandhra region.
The lawmakers also wanted detailed discussion on the bill clause-wise so as to move amendments to it.