‘People who want the State to remain united pinned their hopes on the President’

TDP Krishna district president and Mylavaram MLA Devineni Umamaheswara Rao demanded that President Pranab Mukherjee should send back The Telangana Bill in view of the violation of Constitutional principles.

The President should warn of serious nationwide repercussions of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, including a possible spurt in Maoist activity, he said at a press conference here on Friday.

People who wanted the State to remain united pinned their hopes on the President but he belied their expectations by endorsing the contentious Bill without sparing a thought for its consequences, he said. “The President should have sought legal opinion but did not even enquire whether it (the Bill) was in accordance with established procedures. He should either keep the State united or constitute the 2nd States’ Reorganization Commission for settling the issue amicably,” he added.

Hurried act

Along with party Vijayawada Central constituency in-charge Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Mr. Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, said that the Telangana Bill did not have the ‘statement of objects and reasons’ and ‘financial memorandum’ and Parliamentary precedents were brushed aside as the Congress high command was in a haste to carve out Telangana in blatant disregard of democratic values.

The draft Bill was sent to the AP Legislature for eliciting its opinion without showing the reasons for bifurcation and methodology to be adopted. The Justice Srikrishna Committee report which offered viable alternatives to bifurcation, was virtually thrown into the dustbin. Besides, Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati, former Chief Justice J.B. Patnaik and some other legal luminaries found many discrepancies in the process of bifurcation.