Telangana Cong Leaders Furious With CM Over AP Bill Move

Taking exception to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy issuing a notice to the Assembly Speaker seeking to move a motion in the House for returning the draft Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 to the Centre, state ministers and other leaders from Telangana today demanded that he withdraw the notice.

"This is undemocratic and irresponsible. The notice was given on behalf of government. We (ministers) were never consulted. We condemn this. We reject this action (of the Chief Minister)," IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah told reporters after a meeting of Telangana Congress leaders here.

Referring to Article 3 of the Constitution (on formation of new states and alteration of areas, boundaries or names of existing states), he said all the states are bound to implement the directions of the Union government.

"There is no reason, no purpose, no right, as a matter of fact, for sending the Bill back without discussion, without expressing its views," he said.

It is not fair for the Chief Minister to act in a manner that "amounts to defy the Union Cabinet, Constitution and President", Lakshmaiah said.

"We say that this notice should be withdrawn. We have spoken to many (leaders) yesterday and today. We are individually writing to the Governor, Assembly Speaker and Chairman of Legislative Council. We are also meeting Speaker and Council Chairman to appraise them about the matter."

In separate letters, the AP Minister had earlier appealed to the Assembly Speaker and Council Chairman to reject the proposed resolution.

Other Telangana leaders have also hit out at the Chief Minister, a vocal supporter of united AP cause.

Congress Chief Whip G Venkata Ramana Reddy said Kiran's move is against the spirit of democracy. "Whatever attempts are made, we are fully confident that the process of Telangana formation would not stop."

The Chief Minister, who found fault with the draft Bill during his speech in the Assembly yesterday, subsequently served a notice under Rule 77 to the Speaker for moving a motion in the House to return the Bill to the Centre.

The Assembly has time till January 30 to debate and return the Bill to the President.

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