The decision has been taken by the President following a request of the Andhra Pradesh government which sought four weeks extension of the January 23 deadline.

Official sources said the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill now has to be returned by the state Assembly by January 30 with or without its view.

However, experts are of the opinion that whatever the Assembly does, Parliament can go ahead with its legislative process for creation of the new state.

Sources said the state government had conveyed that the bill has been debated by the Assembly only for a few days and many of the legislators were yet to speak on it and hence extension of the deadline was required.

Earlier, the President had sent the draft bill to the state legislature on December 12 and gave time until January 23 to discuss and return it.

The UPA government is expected to introduce the bill in the Parliament in the coming session, beginning February 5.


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