Assembly resolution, constitutional amendment will block Telangana, says senior Congress leader
Senior Congress MLA Gade Venkat Reddy said that formation of Telangana is riddled with many constitutional and legal obligations and expressed the hope that the process would be stalled.
“The bill on Telangana is certain to be tabled on the floor of the Legislative Assembly and as per the provision laid out in Article 3 the President has the right to seek the opinion of the State Assembly. Secondly, a constitutional amendment is necessary which warrants two-third majority in Parliament and ratification of 50 per cent States,” Mr. Venkat Reddy told mediapersons here on Friday.
A staunch integrationist, the senior Congress leader also said that the time was ripe for the formation of a non-political JAC with the support of all political parties rooting for a united state and suggested that an advocate could lead the agitation. Mr. Reddy lauded the agitations launched by students and then the non-gazetted employees and said that their fight to keep the State united would be remembered for a long time. “We will certainly oppose the bill if it is placed for voting or if opinion is sought we will give our opinion strongly in favour of a united State,” Mr. Reddy said.
Mr. Reddy cited the Congress Working Committee (CWC) resolution in October 2001 for constituting a second SRC and said that the CWC resolution was still in force and blamed the party leadership for taking an ‘arbitrary,’ and ‘undemocratic’ decision on Telangana.