Sources declined to give details of what the President said in forwarding the bill back to the Home Ministry.

Telangana protagonists believe that the President sending the bill back to the government implies that it would go to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for considering it before it either adopts or rejects it.


The President had sought legal opinions as he wanted the bill, which provides for creation of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, to be legally sound before sending it to the state assembly for approval.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had on Tuesday said that the legislation has been sent to the President through the Prime Minister and after that it would be sent to the state assembly.

The Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill has already seen a virtual revolt from the Congress’ own Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy who had said recently during a public rally that he would not allow Andhra Pradesh to be divided. "We will see how the bill is passed in Parliament. United Andhra Pradesh is not just a slogan, it’s our policy," Reddy had said.

(Agencies)

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