'Let the process begin from Assembly, not Parliament'
In yet another attempt by Seemandhra Congress leaders to stall the Telangana process, Rajahmundry MP Vundavalli Aruna Kumar wrote to President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee on Tuesday, reminding him that BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, had desired that the process for division of a state begin from the state Assembly and not Parliament.
Arun Kumar attached with his letter to the President extracts of the discussion on division of state that took place on Novemebr 17 and 18, 1948 for adoption of Article 3.
“when KL Shah, a member of the constituent assembly, had suggested during a discussion on the constitution that the process of division of a state should begin from the Assembly, Ambedkar told him that in the draft of the Constitution it had been mentioned that the Centre should consult the Assembly and that both meant the same.
“The spirit of Ambedkar’s observation is that even while invoking Article 3 of the Constitution, a resolution has to be tabled in the Assembly. It is the President who would send the bill to Assembly,” Arun Kumar said and recalled the NDA government expressing the opinion that a resolution had to be passed in the Assembly for separation of Uttarakhand from Uttar Pradesh.