T-Bill Debate Generates Heat

The debate more or less turned into a blame game over state bifurcation issue

Published: 10th January 2014 08:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2014 08:27 AM   |  A+A-

Fireworks and bonhomie between YSRC and TDP and personal animosity between MLAs of the same parties were some of the highlights on the second day of the debate on the crucial AP Reorganisation Bill 2013 in the state Assembly on Thursday.

TDP, YSRC and Congress members shouted down  each other during the course of debate. The House was adjourned twice during the day due to the agitations. When TDP’s Palle Raghunatha Reddy blamed AICC president Sonia Gandhi for division of the state, the Congress members from Telangana took objection. While TDP members raised “Sonia down down” slogans near the podium, the Congress Telangana MLAs shouted down them with “Jai Sonia”.

When TDP’s Payyavula Keshav toed the line of YSRC and wanted voting on the T-Bill, TDP member E Dayakar Rao seated in the same bench along with Keshav rose to his feet and countered Keshav.

Minister Vatti Vasant Kumar blamed the Centre for division of the state. But, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy appealed to the members not to provoke each other. Tourism minister Vatti Vasant Kumar continued his speech on Thursday. Three members, two each from Seemandhra and one from Telangana, expressed their views on the T-Bill.

VATTI  (Cong) : It seems that the Central government is vindictive towards Seemandhra. Is it our crime to send 22 out of 25 MPs from Seemandhra to Lok Sabha on Congress ticket?  The T-Bill is undemocratic and unconstitutional. If the state is divided there will be no injustice to Telangana, but Andhra and Rayalaseema will be rendered injustice. The Centre is ignoring the federal spirit. The Srikrishna Committee suggested to keep the state united.

Without a resolution in the Assembly how can the Centre go ahead with the division?  In his status as Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on December 9, 2009 that an appropriate resolution will be moved in the Assembly. Why is it ignored?

Most of the income generates from Hyderabad. If the state is divided, the residuary AP state will remain an agrarian state. There will be no jobs to people. The residual state cannot even pay salaries to its employees.

Entire infrastructure is developed in Hyderabad and the residuary state will become a zero-infrastructure state. The Centre failed to give specific assurance on creating infrastructure and  funds to the residuary state.

Of the total income of the state, 82 per cent generates from Telangana and just 15 per cent from Coastal Andhra and mere three per cent from Rayalaseema. There is no mention in the Bill about sharing of the income generated from Hyderabad. The sharing of river waters too will become a problem. The state planned diversion of 70 tmc from Godavari to Krishna. Because of these reasons, we are opposing the division of the state.

PONNALA: Vatti Vasant Kumar is expressing his own views. He should not mention the word ‘we’.

N KIRAN REDDY: When a member is speaking others should not interrupt him. Members should not make provocative speeches.

PALLE  (TDP): YSRC president YS Jagan and honorary president YS Vijayamma said earlier that they were in favour of division of the state. Jagan is for division and behaving like an integrationist. There are demands for creation of 23 new states. Even though Uttar Pradesh adopted a resolution to divide the state, it is pending with the Centre. The Bill is against Seemandhra and we are against the Bill.

GANDRA (Cong): Telangana people fought for their existence in a democratic manner. As per the aspirations of the people of Telangana, the Centre took a decision after consulting all political parties. With a promise to deliver T-State, the Congress went to polls in 2004. TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu even banned uttering the word Telangana. Now, he is throwing the blame on Congress.

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