Assembly is Nobody’s Servant, Says Naidu - The New Indian Express

Assembly is Nobody’s Servant, Says Naidu

Published: 26th January 2014 08:33 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2014 08:37 AM

Arguing that the Telangana bill under discussion in the Assembly is a tissue of inconsistencies and deficiencies, Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday wondered why the House should discuss a defective bill.

‘’The Assembly is not a servant to anyone and it should act independently,” he said in the House, wondering why chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was saying that the Bill was defective now, after the government received it long ago.

“The chief minister said that the T-Bill is defective. Assembly is an autonomous institution. Even if the President sends a Bill with inconsistencies and incongruities, we do not have to discuss it,” Naidu said.

“We are all working under the Constitution. The President should also work as per the provisions of the Constitution. The Assembly could not perform as per its wishes. The House should follow the Constitution,” Naidu said. He added that the Assembly had several rights as per the Constitution. The Assembly should not forgo its rights to the Centre. That was why the TDP opposed Article 356 during  NTR’s regime, he recalled.

Naidu recalled that he spoke on the T-Bill immediately after the Central Cabinet cleared it. “I spoke on the Bill daily for a week.

I exposed the mistakes. But, the chief minster never reacted on it till date,” Naidu alleged. Responding to this, Kiran Kumar Reddy said that he  fell ill for three days and could not study the Bill.

Naidu wanted the chief minister whether the information needed to the Centre from the state on preparation of the Bill was sent to Delhi with the knowledge of the chief minister or not? The chief minister informed Naidu that the information was sent to the Centre through the chief secretary. “I wanted the chief secretary to furnish the information. We cannot conceal the information to the Centre, though we oppose the policy politically,” Kiran told Naidu.

Naidu said there were several Constitutional violations in the Bill. When some members wanted to know is stand of Naidu on bifurcation, Naidu reacted that he sought time to speak on Monday.

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