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India: Andhra Pradesh Assembly rejects draft Telangana bill
January 30, 2014, 10:07 am

In an embarrassment for Congress's central leadership, the Andhra Pradesh assembly, by a voice vote on Thursday, rejected the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 on creating a separate Telangana state.

Amid protests by legislators from Telangana, Speaker N Manohar announced that a resolution moved by chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for rejecting the Bill was carried and adjourned the house sine-die.

The chief minister, in his resolution, has urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to refer the Bill to Parliament.

CM Kiran Kumar Reddy dares Centre to table Telangana Bill in Parliament

On Wednesday, Chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had dared the Centre to table the Telangana Bill that was sent to the Andhra Pradesh assembly in Parliament and announced that he would quit politics if the Bill gets the approval of the House. Raising his pitch against the bifurcation, Kiran Kumar even said that "President Pranab Mukherjee has been cheated by the home department" on the Bill.

Interacting with mediapersons after the assembly was adjourned on Wednesday, the chief minister dared the Centre to come out with complete information on the Bill. "I will get away from politics if the Bill that was sent to the assembly is presented without any changes in Parliament and gets its approval. They (home ministry) know this and even the President was cheated by the home department," he said.

He wondered how the assembly can give its opinion without the Centre giving its own views. "They have sent a blank Bill to us and want our opinion on that," he scoffed and alleged that many clauses in the Bill have no constitutional backing and would not find place in the final Bill. When asked why he then requested the President for more time to discuss an 'incomplete bill', he said the extension was sought to ensure that every member gets a chance to expose the mistakes and errors.

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