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Telangana Bill in LS Tomorrow

The Congress expels six Seemandhra MPs, but many AP Parliamentarians say they will vote against the Bill

Published: 16th February 2014 07:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2014 07:39 PM   |  A+A-

The Centre has decided to introduce the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday for the creation of 29th state of the country -- Telangana.

As the Prime Minister has invited senior leaders of the BJP such as L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday for a luncheon meeting, the Congress Core Group met at the residence of Prime Minister at 3 pm on Tuesday and finalised a road map for the Telangana Bill and other bills.

After the meeting, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and political secretary to Congress president Ahmed Patel met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar around 4 pm and informed the party’s decision to expel six MPs.

Sources said the leaders also discussed various options. Among the options, one is either to suspend Seemandhra MPs, who were creating trouble every day opposing the division of Andhra Pradesh or pass the Bill in the din. For this government needs the cooperation from the Opposition. Though, there were two opinions on the Telangana Bill whether it is a money Bill or not, after the Law Ministry gave its opinion that it will be a money Bill under Article 117(1) of the Constitution, now the Centre has decided to introduce the Bill in the Lok Sabha first.

However, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram thinks otherwise and argued that it was not a money Bill. Accordingly, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sent the Bill to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval to introduce the Bill in the Lower House.

Meanwhile, Six MPs from Seemandhra, who were expelled from the Congress, said the party would have to pay a heavy price for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh against the people’s sentiments.

Vijayawada MP Rajagopal said the people would reject the Congress in the coming polls. He said the expulsion would not weaken the movement for united Andhra Pradesh.

“We are ready for any sacrifice to keep the state united,” he said while reiterating the allegation that the government is trying to table the Telangana Bill in Parliament in an undemocratic manner.

Congress general secretary Ajay Maken preferred not to react on queries about the possibility of action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for revolting against the Telangana issue.

However, he said: “The immediate goal is to get the clearance from Parliament for the Bill. Action on the rest of things is taking place at other levels.”

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