Says Centre will only go by the views expressed by members of the State Assembly
AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh has categorically stated that attempts to seek voting on the AP Reorganisation Bill 2013 in the Assembly will be futile as the Centre will take into consideration only the views expressed by members and not the results of voting.
Irrespective of whether the Bill is accepted or rejected by the House, only the opinion and considered view expressed by members will go back to the Centre which will consider them while preparing the final Bill. “Members should therefore frankly air their views clause by clause on their concerns,” he said in reply to queries at a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan here on Friday.
The statement comes in the light of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s assertion that Seemandhra MLAs would seek a division on each clause in the draft Bill, leading to voting.
To another question about the time frame for sending the views to the Centre, he said he was confident that the deadline would be adhered to. “The Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly will probably fix the schedule for discussion on the Bill on Monday,” he said.
Admitting that he had not seen the draft Bill, Mr. Digvijay Singh asserted that it was thoroughly examined by the legal department before being forwarded to the President.
“The Centre will not do anything that is unconstitutional,” he said when asked about statements that Article 371 (D) could become a hurdle in the bifurcation process.
Asked about the Chief Minister publicly opposing the bifurcation process, Mr. Singh said the party leadership was aware of his statements. He had been given an opportunity to present his case before the Congress Core Committee and he did so effectively. “But the decision taken by the highest governing body, CWC, is final and everyone including the Chief Minister is bound by it,” he said.
The AICC said the TDP and the YSR Congress took a U-turn on the issue after initially supporting separate Telangana and this created a situation where unfound fears were being expressed that there was no consensus.
On the TRS, he said: “I am reminding TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao of his statement that he will gladly merge his party with the Congress once the State is created.”
He termed as unfortunate reports of the growing animosity between the people of the two regions and said the Congress would take the responsibility of bridging the gap. He wanted the other parties too to cooperate in ensuring the bifurcation without friction and acrimony.