In a major embarrassment to the Congress-led UPA government at the centre, the Andhra Pradesh assembly on Thursday rejected the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill of 2013 meant for granting statehood to the Telangana region.
In a dramatic turn of events on the last day of the session, Speaker Nadendla Manohar put a resolution seeking to reject the Telangana bill to a voice vote and declared it adopted. Members from Telangana stormed the well demanding rejection of the resolution, following which the Speaker adjourned the House sine die.
The resolution, which had been moved by chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy earlier in the week, read: "The assembly resolves to request the President not to recommend the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill for introduction in Parliament as it seeks to bifurcate the state without any reason/basis. The bill has been sent to the assembly in utter disregard (of) linguistic homogeneity and administrative viability".
Reacting to the development, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TSR), which has been fighting for a separate Telangana state for over a decade, expressed confidence that Thursday's development in Andhra Pradesh assembly would have no bearing and that the centre would pass the Telangana bill in parliament in February. KT Rama Rao, son of TSR chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, said, "What happened in the assembly was a mere formality which would not have any implications on the Telangana state formation. I appeal to the people of Telangana not to be agitated".
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