YSR Congress president Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday called on former Prime Minister Deve Gowda to enlist his support for his campaign for amending Article 3.
“Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy approached me and we discussed the need to amend the Article 3 to the effect that a State can be split only after the Assembly passes a resolution with a two-thirds majority and both Houses of Parliament ratify it with an identical majority. I am in full agreement with what Mr. Jagan has said and will work with Left parties and my allies in that direction,” Mr. Gowda said after meeting the YSR Congress delegation in New Delhi.
The former Prime Minister said he would speak to his allies in Karnataka and Kerala and Left parties and think of moving an adjournment motion to this effect.
He described the division of Andhra Pradesh as ‘not a good decision at this juncture and it is for only political considerations’, a press release issued by the YSR Congress said.
Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy said he impressed upon Mr. Deve Gowda the need to amend Article 3 as any party in power with 272 MPs can split a State they want according to whims and fancies and this right needs to be curtailed.
“I have been approaching all political parties and telling them that if they do not voice their concern at this stage and keep quiet, Andhra Pradesh will set a bad precedent as this is the first time that a State is being divided without taking Assembly into confidence,” he said.
The YSR Congress leaders also met Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and made a similar request.