Rajya Sabha debates Telangana Bill
Amid ruckus, uproars and walkouts, the controversial Telangana Bill is being debated in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
The Centre is attempting to pass the legislation in the Upper House by Friday, which is the last day of the session.
The Bill was moved in the Rajya Sabha by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. As he introduced the Bill, MPs from Telangana formed a human shield around him while those against the Telangana plan rushed into the well of the house and jostled with them to prevent the tabling.
As the Bill is being debated, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), opposing the same, staged a walkout from the House.
Samajwadi Party (SP) and CPI-M opposed the Telangana Bill in Rajya Sabha.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, however, supported the Bill and demanded a special package for Seemandhra.
"Telangana should have been created long back as it is a very old demand. Other bigger states should also have been divided. Uttar Pradesh should be divided into four new states. Vidarbha should also be created out of Maharashtra," the BSP supremo said in Rajya Sabha.
Congress MP K Chiranjeevi also demanded that Hyderabad be made a Union Territory.
"Process to divide Andhra Pradesh unfortunate. Both Congress, NDA are to blame for this situation. NDA too promised Telangana earlier, but didn't keep its word. Pained to go against party stand on Telangana," he said.
Bharatiya janata Party (BJP)'s MP Venkaiah Naidu said, "We will back the Telangana Bill but we need Rs 10,000 crore financial package and tax incentives for Seemandhra in return for our support."
After the Bill was tabled, the House witnessed frequent adjournments on Thursday.
The Lower House of the Parliament passed the Telangana Bill by voice vote amid uproar on Tuesday.
Following the passage, 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 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 20-02-2014)