Three days after media reports about rift between Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Speaker Nadendla Manohar over prorogation of the Assembly, the former’s office has clarified that writing a letter was normal administrative procedure.

In a statement issued here on Friday, apparently to clear the air, the Chief Minister’s Office said a note was sent to the Secretary, Legislature for initiating the process of prorogation of the Assembly/Council.

The reason behind sending the note was that certain ordinances were to be issued for the administrative convenience and without prorogation of the House, technically this could not have been done.

Though it was a normal administrative procedure, unfortunately, certain news items appeared in the media as if it was a controversy, the release said.

War of words

Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s note had triggered war of words between the Telangana and Seemandhra leaders. There were allegations that the Chief Minister was seeking prorogation to create a hurdle for convening the Assembly and delay debate on the draft Bill on Telangana bifurcation when it is sent by the President. In the event of prorogation of the Assembly, it would take at least a week to 10 days to convene the House again.

On the other hand, if the Assembly was not prorogued, as suggested by the Deputy Chief Minister, Damodar Rajanarasimha, the Speaker would have the right to convene the special session at a short notice of three days.