According to them, the President could stall the division ‘at least temporarily’ because of the procedural lapses in the Centre's exercise. (Agencies)
Starting with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, these forces expect the President to direct the Centre to follow due procedure as enshrined in the Constitution (Article 3), and also the precedent set during the formation of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.
Kiran already wrote a detailed letter to the President requesting him to ‘direct the Union Government to seek resolution on the division of the State from the Legislature as per the conventions established’.
Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu too wrote a letter to the President noting that the ‘unconventional and undemocratic’ method adopted by the Centre in the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh was posing a threat to the ‘federal polity’ and democracy of the country.
He requested the President to intervene immediately and direct the Government of India to first find an amicable solution and only then proceed with the exercise.
"Our paths are not fully closed yet. At some stage, the President's intervention will become certain," state Infrastructure and Investment Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, a strong votary of a unified state, noted.
Secondly, the anti-bifurcation forces are counting on the Supreme Court's possible intervention, wherein they wish to obtain a ‘stay’ and force the UPA government to redo the exercise, if not undo it.
By not outrightly dismissing the writ petitions, filed challenging the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, the Apex Court left a window of option open.
According to them, the President could stall the division ‘at least temporarily’ because of the procedural lapses in the Centre's exercise.