PM meets BJP leaders over Telangana row
In a bid to reach a consensus on amendments to be moved over the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation 2013 Bill, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met BJP's Rajya Sabha leaders Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu, media reports said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has moved 20 amendments to the Telangana Bill, including a compensatory package for Seemandhra, the non-Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, which fears a smaller share of water, power and revenue from Telangana once the new state is created.
According to NDTV reports, Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi has asked the PM to give special package to Seemandhra.
Meanwhile, the Parliament witnessed another day of chaos with both Houses being repeatedly adjourned on Wednesday amid ugly scenes in the Rajya Sabha over the creation on Telangana.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs gathered in the Well of the Rajya Sabha with banners for a united Andhra. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till Thursday after the Street Vendors Bill was passed in the House.
Bringing shame to the Upper House of the Parliament, a TDP member protesting against the Telangana Bill passage in the Lok Sabha, snatched the papers from the Secretary General on Wednesday.
Following the incident, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm on Wednesday.
After the Rajya Sabha reconvened, TDP MP Ramesh has apologised for manhandling the Secretary General.
The Lower House of the Parliament passed the Telangana Bill by voice vote amid uproar on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday resigned from his chair as a mark of protest.
"I'm resigning for failing to fulfill my duties," Reddy said at a press conference here.
After days of protest and uproar in the Parliament, the controversial Telangana Bill was finally passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday which will bifurcate Andhra Pradesh for the creation of a separate Telangana statehood.
With the passage of the Bill, Hyderabad will be the joint capital of both the states - Telangana and Seemandhra.
The amendment to make Hyderabad, a capital of Telangana, was, however, defeated by voice vote in the Lok Sabha.
The Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha was the one sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly earlier.
(Posted on 19-02-2014)