Seeks to move resolution rejecting the draft legislation

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday served notice on Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, seeking to move a resolution for rejecting the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013.

The draft resolution also requested the President not to recommend the Bill for introduction in Parliament “as it seeks to bifurcate the State without any reason/ basis and without… consensus.”

His decision is seen as a strong message to his constituents in Seemandhra that he was continuing his fight against bifurcation of the State.

The notice was served under Rule 77 of the Assembly procedure.

The Bill was in disregard for the linguistic and cultural homogeneity and economic and administrative viability of both regions (Telangana and Seemandhra), ignoring the very basis of the formation of the first linguistic State in independent India, the draft resolution said.

The Chief Minister took the decision after the Assembly was adjourned for the day. It took everyone by surprise as he had dropped no hint of his proposed move during his two-hour speech in the House, even though he roundly criticised the Bill for being full of blunders. He also questioned if it was a Bill or a mere draft that was likely to change again.

Telangana MLAs appealed to the Speaker not to take cognisance of his notice.

TRS floor leader Eatela Rajender argued that it was “illegal and immoral” to seek return of the Bill after nearly 100 members had participated in the debate. The Telugu Desam Party’s R. Chandrasekhara Reddy said nobody had a right to stall a constitutional process.

In the Legislative Council, Leader of the House C. Ramachandraiah served a similar notice on Chairman A. Chakrapani.