Despite rejection of Telangana bill by the State Assembly, the Centre is firm on tabling it in the Parliament session beginning February 5. The Congress core committee, which met in Delhi on Friday under the leadership of party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided to complete the T process without delay.
Soon after the meeting, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde made it clear that the rejection of bill would not come in the way of formation of the Telangana state.
“I am sure the T bill will be passed. There will be no problem,” he told reporters and denied seeking legal opinion from the Attorney General on Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s resolution.
The Home Ministry has in fact sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office rejecting the contention of the Chief Minister that the bill, sent to the Assembly, was not final and as such misleading.
Sources in the Home Ministry told Express that Parliament could go ahead with the legislative process as per Article 3. The Group of Ministers on Telangana would be meeting on February 4 to incorporate/suggest amendments to the draft AP Reorganisation Bill-2013.
Further reinforcing the Centre’s stand, party state affairs incharge Digvijay Singh and spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the bill would be tabled in the ensuing Parliament session. Digvijay and Singhvi predictably harped on the BJP’s support for the bill.
While Digvijay expressed confidence that the saffron party would endorse it in Parliament, Singhvi sounded combative. “Parties that have been shedding crocodile tears will be exposed. It remains to be seen to what extent they will cooperate,” he said.
Singhvi’s remarks lend credence to the view that the AICC leadership is wary of the BJP’s plans. He further said the passage of T bill is on top of the government’s agenda for the upcoming session alongside anti-corruption bills and vote-on-account.
Asked about any disciplinary action against Kiran, Singhvi replied split opinion on this emotive issue (Telangana) was expected. “What happened in AP Assembly was not at all unexpected,” he added.