Though a "formality" under Article 3 of the Constitution has been completed, it will not have any bearing on the Centre's decision to create a separate state of Telangana by dividing Andhra Pradesh.
On a day marked by high drama in the Legislative Assembly, Speaker Nadendla Manohar put the ‘government resolution' moved by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy – rejecting the Bill – for consideration of the House and it was carried by voice vote.
The resolution said: "The House while rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013, resolves to request the Honourable President of India not to recommend it for introduction in Parliament as the Bill seeks to bifurcate the state of Andhra Pradesh without any reason/basis and without arriving at a consensus, in utter disregard to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity and economic and administrative viability of both regions.
The Bill also completely ignores the very basis of formation of State of Andhra Pradesh, the first linguistic state created in independent India.
"Since the government resolution was approved, the Speaker said, he saw no reason to take up the ten private resolutions moved by other members on the same subject.

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"As the time given by the President for the House to debate the Bill is coming to an end today, there is a need to conclude the discussion thereon. The Bill was tabled in the House on December 16 and 86 members participated in the debate. Almost all members expressed their views in writing and they shall form part of the official record," he said.
He said 9,072 proposals for amendments/expression of views on the clauses of the Bill were submitted by members in writing and they too would form part of the official record.
"As agreed to in the Business Advisory Committee meeting, these records will be submitted to the President of India as the views of this House," Manohar said.
The rejection of the Bill has come as an embarrassment to the Centre which has decided to table the Telangana Bill in the Parliament session beginning February 5.

Cong downplays rejection of AP Reorganisation Bill

Congress downplayed the rejection of the AP Reorganisation Bill in the Assembly, saying it was on "predicted" lines and will not affect the move for carving out a new state.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, however, made it clear that there was no plan to initiate disciplinary action against Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and other Congress leaders, who supported the resolution rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill-2013.
"As far as the resolution is concerned, it does not affect the Constitutional provisions under Article 3 for the creation of a new state in the Indian Union...One should remember this the bill was sent (to Andhra Pradesh Assembly) for comments and not for a vote," the AICC general secretary in-charge for Andhra Pradesh told reporters.

Singh countered the view that the creation of the new state now hangs in balance after the state assembly rejected the proposal and insisted that that the Constitutional requirement of getting comments from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly now stands fulfilled.

"It (the bill for creation of Telangana) is not rejected. The Telangana bill was not voted (in the Assembly). A resolution moved by the Chief Minister was passed by voice vote... There is no vote on the bill. These are two different things," he said.

In the Legislative Council, Chairman A Chakrapani also put the government resolution moved by Leader of the House C Ramachandraiah, rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill-2013, to vote and it was carried by voice vote.
The Chairman announced that 54 members participated in the discussion on the Bill in the House while almost all members submitted their views in writing.
About 1157 amendments/expression of views were also submitted in writing on the various clauses of the Bill. "All these will form part of the official record," he said.
Both Houses were adjourned sine die after the government resolutions were carried by voice vote. The AP Reorganisation Bill-2013 that provides for creation of a new state of Telangana was on December 12 referred by the President to the state Legislature under Article 3 of the Constitution for “expressing its views” and initially gave time till January 23 for the process.
The Bill was formally tabled in both Houses on December 16 but actual debate could not begin till January 8. The President gave a week’s additional time beyond January 23 for the Legislature to discuss the Bill but in the last four days no debate was possible in the Assembly after the Chief Minister termed the Bill "unconstitutional" and "incomprehensive".
As the extended deadline came to an end on Thursday, the presiding officers of both Houses rushed through the formalities and fulfilled a constitutional obligation.

Centre to table Telangana Bill in Parliament session

The Centre will table the Telangana Bill in the coming session of Parliament beginning February 5.

As the decision of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, either way, is not mandatory, the Central government will go ahead with its decision to create Telangana by tabling the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in the ensuing Parliament session, official sources said.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has already declared the Central government's intention to table the Telangana Bill in the next session of Parliament. "We are clear in our mind that the Telangana bill will be brought in this session of Parliament. It is a commitment we have made," Shinde had said.
The GoM, set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, is likely to meet on February 4 to articulate the government's view for recommending to President Pranab Mukherjee the next course of action.


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