Andhra Pradesh

Seemandhra Ministers firm on opposing draft Bill on bifurcation

Even if the Union Cabinet clears the report of the GoM on Telangana, Seemandhra Ministers S. Sailajanath and T.G. Venkatesh, the most vocal advocates of a united State, said there would be no change in their stand.

Mr. Sailajanath, Seemandhra Congress Forum coordinator, said they were against any kind of division, be it 10-district Telangana or 12-district Rayala-Telangana with the inclusion of Kurnool and Anantapur districts.

Amidst reports that Rayala-Telangana had found favour with several Anantapur and Kurnool Congress leaders if bifurcation became inevitable, Mr. Sailajanath, who hails from Anantapur, said here on Thursday that he and Mr. Venkatesh were committed to a united State. The Seemandhra legislators will oppose the draft Bill on Telangana in the Assembly, he said.

The division will entail several problems for Telugu people, from capital to sharing of river water.

The people in all the regions, particularly Dalits and minorities, can prosper only in a united State.

Political decision

It was a political decision and the government too gave its stamp of approval but there were other democratic conventions that could not be waived in the face of stiff resistance from people, Mr. Sailajanath said.

“There are procedural lapses and legal issues in the process of bifurcation which we will raise. The bifurcation process should have begun with the Assembly sending a resolution for division. But that convention was given a go by for the first time.

The draft Bill sent by the President will have to be debated at length and every legislator’s opinion recorded. The whole process cannot not be rushed,” he said.

Not in winter session

It is unlikely that the Bill will be introduced in the winter session which will conclude on December 20, he added.

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