"No Need for More Time for T-debate" - The New Indian Express

"No Need for More Time for T-debate"

Published: 17th January 2014 10:44 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 10:44 AM

Anti-Telangana forces are trying to create confusion among the people by spreading rumours that the T-bill debate time will be extended by the President, BJP state president G Kishan Reddy alleged here on Tursday. The President will not extend the time beyond January 23, he said.

Reacting to reports about chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy writing to the President seeking extention of time for the debate, Kishan Reddy said Pranab Mukherjee has given over 40 days time, but instead of discussing the bill, the Seemandhra lawmakers created ruckus in the House and did not allow the debate.

“After seeing the attitude of the Seemandhra MLAs, I don’t think the President would give more time. All this drama is to get political mileage and to mislead the people of the state. On what ground do they want the President to extend the time?” he asked.

If the Seemanhdhra leaders are serious about a discussion, they should create a conducive atmosphere in the House, he said. “BJP is for discussion on the bill. We want the concerns of the people of both the region addressed before division of the state,” he said.

He said the Centre should call a special session of Parliament and pass the T-bill.

On Rajya Sabha poll, the state BJP president said the decision on supporting RS candidates would be taken in the party forum. “No one has approached us seeking support. If any one comes to us for support, we will refer the matter to party leadership. Moreover, it is too early to comment on the issue,” he said. BJP has four members in the state Assembly.

Commenting on the party’s three-day brainstorming session starting Friday in Delhi, Kishan Reddy said the meet is crucial for the party as it is the biggest organisational meeting before the general elections. The meeting will discuss poll strategies and social, political, economic, and national and internal security issues.

Besides, the party will have a detailed discussion on “Mission 272” to form the government on its own at the Centre, and “Mission Good Governance” and other important issues, he said.

He said guidelines would be given to the party cadres for the ensuing general elections during the meeting. He said about 435 party leaders from the state would be attending the meet.

On Aam Aadmi Party’s decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections, he said AAP was not a threat to the BJP, which has a strong network across the country.

Kishan Reddy clarified that he had nothing to do with the murder of pastor V Sanjeev (48) of Vikarabad.

Reimbursement of Tuition Fee

He urged the state government to release scholarships and fee reimbursement amounts for the academic year 2013-14. Though the government had allocated `2,300 crore for fee reimbursement, it has till now not released the amount, putting students to hardship, he said. Accusing the government of planning to discontinue the reimbursement scheme, he said the government was putting several conditions for fee reimbursement deliberately so that fewer students opt for it.

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