The Winter Session of Andhra Assembly began on December 12 and the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the House had decided to take up a debate on the draft bill but that did not happen due to the din over the issue. The Assembly was adjourned on December 19 for resumption on January 3.

President Pranab Mukherjee had given time till January 23 for the legislature to return the draft bill after due deliberations when he sent it to the Assembly on December 12.

The members are vertically divided on regional lines with those from Telangana seeking the House to quickly return the bill to the President giving its views in support of separate statehood for the region while their Seemandhra (as Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema are together known) counterparts are opposing it.

The draft bill and debate in the Assembly is expected to generate much heat as both sides have called for protests in support of their respective demands during the session.

TRS and other pro-Telangana outfits have planned to organise a massive sit-in in Hyderabad early this month to press for their demand that the proposed Telangana state should not have any restrictions like law and order being entrusted to the Governor. This was contemplated as a way of addressing the concerns of safety and security to Seemandhra people living in Hyderabad.


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