National » Andhra Pradesh

Updated: January 11, 2014 03:18 IST
Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation

Can Article 3 negate the spirit of legislature, asks C. Ramachandraiah

Special Correspondent
Comment (2)   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Minister C. Ramachandraiah.
The Hindu Minister C. Ramachandraiah.

‘State being crucified by the Centre through the proposed division’

Can Article 3 of the Constitution, under which the Centre is seeking to divide Andhra Pradesh, negate the spirit of the House reflecting people’s views?

This question was raised by Minister C. Ramachandraiah, Leader of the House, in the Legislative Council on Friday during a debate on the draft A.P. State Reorganisation Bill. Andhra Pradesh, a vanguard State for the last five decades, was being “crucified” through the proposed division, he said.

Questioning the rationale behind the decision, he said if backwardness was a factor, then development, not division was the solution.

Passage of the draft Bill would open Pandora’s box for the Centre with more such demands arising from different States.

Hyderabad, he said, was developed as a joint property by people from all regions, particularly Seemandhra and it accounted for 82 per cent of revenue in some sectors. Without Hyderabad, Seemandhra would be doomed.

Congress leader C. Yadav Reddy took exception to the Minister’s remarks and defended Article 3 on the ground that it protected interests of minority people. Forcing minority people to stay with majority was only a colonial desire.

Supporting the Bill, he said it was complete and in accordance with the standard format. Telangana people had been accommodating but were subjected to injustice. Experiments like regional development boards did not succeed and bifurcation was the only solution.

Rejecting the draft bifurcation Bill, P. Satish Reddy (TDP) said the Centre cleared it for political benefits. While several States demanded creation of new States including Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh alone was picked by the Centre to garner few seats giving a go by to the conventions and traditions.

While the Centre ignored a comprehensive Sri Krishna Committee’s report to do justice to all, it cleared the draft Bill that was totally biased towards one region.

P.J. Chandrasekhar Rao (CPI) supported the Bill and said division became inevitable as gentlemen and other agreements could not be implemented by the successive State governments. As all political parties gave their consent for Telananga, it was better to separate without deepening animosities.

Any provision in the Constitution should not be misused. Article 3 is
a very general definition. It has not specified as to the
circumstances under which it is to be used. Just by virtue of simple
definition one cannot resort to indiscriminate bifurcation of a State.
There must be laid down procedure also for that. Otherwise it amounts
to gross misuse of the power by the Centre. In which case, there will
be no difference between democracy and dictatorship. Similarly there
is Article 356 which lays down for imposition of President Rule in a
State. There are umpteen incidents wherein this provision was misused
by the Centre much to the dismay of well known constitutional pundits.
It is therefore, prudent on the part of the Union Govt. not to just
invoke the Article 3 and bulldoze the decision unilaterally on the

from:  T Rajeswar Rao
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 17:23 IST

The Minister has rightly raised the question. The Constitution is for
the people, of the people and by the people. It can not overlook the
spirit of the constituent assembly.

from:  T Rajeswar Rao
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 11:26 IST
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

WorldView with Suhasini Haidar

Extreme outcomes in the Great Game over Ukraine

The shooting down of MH17 is one of the most horrific consequences of the latest version of the "Great Game".

Free for all

An Uncritical Eye - "The World Before Her"

It’s a telling commentary that the media groups blacklisted any news on the film and the VHP chose to make it more popular!

The new movie is a thriller about an American woman who goes to Kolkata in search of her missing husband. As she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself at the centre of a dangerous conspiracy. »

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group

The aim of the research report by Tridivesh Singh Maini is to examine the approach of the political leadership, as well as the business community, in three ‘border States’ towards India-Pakistan ties.This paper has sought to look at a number of factors, which include politics, economics as well as security issues.Read Article »

  • facebook Facebook
  • twitter Twitter


More Resources »

Sunday Magazine

More Sunday Magazine »

Friday Review

More Friday Review »


More Habitat »

Young World

More Young World »



Recent Article in Andhra Pradesh

Loan waiver to add to AP’s debt burden

Govt. exploring various options to wriggle out of a dicey situation. The government in any case is prepared to borrow about Rs. 20,000 crore for implementation of ongoing welfare schemes in the budget during the year given the revenue deficit of Rs. 16,000 crore and fiscal deficit of Rs. 20,000 crore post bifurcation. »