Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy on Sunday said that they would ensure the defeat of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in the legislature when the debate is resumed from January 17.
Brimming with confidence he said, “We will strengthen the hands of party MPs from the region who are leaving no stone unturned to convince the party high command to reconsider its decision (to divide the State) in the larger interests of the people.”
Every member in both the houses would get ample opportunity to discuss the Bill threadbare, he told the party workers at the DCC office. Asserting that there would be a voting on the Bill in the Legislative Assembly and the Council, he said the presiding officers would have no option but to take up division when some members press for it. He said President Pranab Mukherjee had not only asked the views of individual legislators but also that of the State Legislature.
“We will take up with the President constitutional and other problems in dividing the state,” he added. Dismissing YSRC president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s Samaikya Sankaravam yatra as one aimed at votes and seats in the general election, he said YSRC legislators should take part in the debate and vote against the Bill if they were sincere on the Samaikyandhra cause.
The TDP, which was getting ready to have truck with the BJP for the polls, was for the State’s bifurcation, he added. He said the party workers need not be apologetic on the Congress’ stand on the issue. The Congress was last to take a decision on the issue after other parties including the TDP, YSRC, CPI and the BJP attributed the suicide by youth in Telangana to the delay in taking a decision .
Even the CPI(M), which opposed the State’s division, said that it was up to the Congress to take a decision. Municipal Administration Minister M. Mahidhar Reddy said he would explain in the State Assembly the ill-effects of the bifurcation on the people of the State.