Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has reiterated that opinion of the House on the AP Reorganisation Bill 2013 was through voting only.

“Any bill is taken up as per the constitutional provisions and procedures. All conventions say voting was taken up. How do you take the opinion of the House? Of course, it is through voting,” he told reporters on Wednesday night.

Mr. Kiran Reddy convened a press conference here to make an appeal to TDP and the YSRC leaders to participate in the debate and give their opinion. He hit out at the two parties for refusing to take part in the debate.

The Chief Minister said that no State has been divided without taking into consideration the views of the members and the House. “If the opinion of the House was not necessary, the President could have sent the Bill to the Tamil Nadu or Karnataka Assembly,” he said.

He said there was need for all parties to give their views on the Bill. He sought to know why the TDP and the YSRC members were reluctant to give their opinion. “If they are committed to the united AP cause, they should participate in the debate,” he said adding that the opinion aired by the members was likely to be taken into consideration during the debate in Parliament.

Mr. Reddy flayed the two parties for first backing division of the State and then changing their stand. “Where was the need for YSRC to tell the Centre that division of the State should be taken up in tune with Article 3”. He said while the Congress was a national party where the decision are taken at the top level and implemented in the State, the two regional parties had a different policy. He refused to take questions on the Bill and said he had his own strategy which would be revealed on the floor of the House.