TDP legislators alleged that the Centre is going ahead with the process of bifurcating the state in an unconstitutional manner, and appealed to the President to intervene. (Agencies)
A delegation of TDP lawmakers from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) met the President at Rashtrapati Nilayam here, where he is currently on Southern sojourn.
The delegation under the banner of Forum for United Andhra Pradesh submitted a memorandum to Mukherjee. The delegation alleged that the government is bifurcating the state for political and electoral gains.
D Narendra, one of the legislators, later told reporters that the Centre was misusing its powers under Article 3 of the Constitution to divide the state.
The lawmakers told the president that the bill was prepared and approved by the Union Cabinet in a hasty manner. "The bill has no aims and objectives and there is no information on key issues including financial matters," Narendra said.
The President had earlier on December 12 sent Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill 2013 to the state assembly, directing it to return the same with its views by January 23.
Leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) also called on the President, and requested him to ensure that the process for formation of the separate state is expedited.
Member of Parliament G Vivek, who was part of the TRS delegation, said the President told them that the constitutional process was being followed in the matter.
The TRS leaders alleged that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, TDP and YSR Congress were creating hurdles in debate on the bill in the assembly.
The Chief Minister also met Mukherjee. The Chief Minister, who is opposed to bifurcation, is believed to have brought to the President's notice the opposition to the Centre's decision from Seemandhra people.
Kiran Reddy had earlier in October written a letter to the President complaining that the Centre is not following established practices and conventions on the issue. He wanted the government to refer the issue to the state assembly for an appropriate resolution before drafting and sending the bill.
TDP legislators alleged that the Centre is going ahead with the process of bifurcating the state in an unconstitutional manner, and appealed to the President to intervene.