The Presiding Officer would have no option but to take up division if a member of Legislature seeks voting (division) on any issue in the House, Leader of Opposition in the Council Yanamala Ramakrishnudu stated here on Saturday.

According to Article 189 read with council rules 121 and 302 or as per Kaul and Shakdher, seeking division in the House was the privilege of a member and the presiding officer could not reject the plea, Mr. Ramakrishnudu said.

The Constitution was very clear on the members’ right to seek division and there was no place for controversy or confusion over it when a key issue was being debated, he noted.

Thousands of amendments were submitted by members on the clauses of the A.P. Reorganisation Bill, 2013 with some opposing the Bill outright and some more suggesting many changes. Debate and division were necessary on every amendment if the members insisted for that.

At the end of debate the division has to be taken up and the presiding officer has no powers to reject the members’ plea for voting, Mr. Ramakrishnudu stated. The argument by YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy that participating in the debate would amount to accepting the Bill was an indication of his lack of understanding of the Parliamentary proceedings.