Continuing his bid to seek support of various political parties to keep Andhra Pradesh united, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy met BJP national president Rajnath Singh at Delhi on Sunday and urged him to reject the Bill on division of the State when tabled in Parliament.
Mr. Reddy, who led a delegation of party leaders to Mr. Singh, submitted a representation to the BJP leader to this effect. It stated that the Bill reflected the megalomaniac nature of the Congress party and was not in the true spirit of the federal structure as more than 75 per cent of the people want the State to remain united.
Questioning whether the Centre could use the powers vested in it arbitrarily and take undue advantage to garner a few votes and seats, the representation accused the Central Government of taking a unilateral decision to divide the State on December 9, 2009 and it was dubbed by Congress as a ‘birthday gift’ by the party president, Sonia Gandhi. “Can such a yardstick be applied for dividing the State?”, it asked.
The YSRC leader also informed Mr. Singh that the Centre was misusing Article (3) to divide Andhra Pradesh. He said that the country’s federalism and unity would be in jeopardy if the Centre was allowed to bifurcate a State just because the ruling party was weak.
The BJP national president was also told that in 1956 the Assemblies of the two States of Andhra and Hyderabad had adopted resolutions with two-thirds majority for the formation of Andhra Pradesh. The representation mentioned that since these States have already been reconstituted on recommendations of States Reorganisation Commission on linguistic basis, it said that there was an absolute need to bring a constitutional amendment which makes two-third majority in the State Assembly and Parliament mandatory to divide or to form a new State.
According to YSRC leader Mysura Reddy, while reiterating BJP’s commitment to smaller States, Mr. Singh promised to discuss within his party the aspect of requiring two-third majority in the Assembly for dividing a State.