The state cabinet, which met in Hyderabad after a gap of over two months, decided to convene the legislature for the winter session from December 12, official sources said. (Agencies)
The extended Budget Session of the Legislature ended on June 21 and as per rules, it has to be held within six months.
The government did not convene the Monsoon Session because of political turmoil caused by the Centre's decision to bifurcate the state.
The Union Cabinet, which is expected to approve the draft Andhra Pradesh State Reorganization Bill at its meeting on December 5, will refer it to the President of India.
The President in turn will send the draft Bill to the Andhra Pradesh Legislature, particularly the Legislative Assembly, to elicit its view on the state's division, as enshrined in Article 3 of the Constitution.
Even if the draft Bill is referred to the state Assembly before December 12, it is unlikely to be returned to the Centre by December 20 when Parliament's winter session concludes.
Thus, it is unlikely that the Bill will be introduced in Parliament during Winter Session, according to a senior minister.
"Every legislator will like to express his/her views on such a critical issue like the bifurcation. I don't think we can wind up the debate in the Assembly in three or four days and return the draft Bill to the Centre. So the Bill cannot come up in Parliament in the winter session," the minister observed.
The state cabinet, which met in Hyderabad after a gap of over two months, decided to convene the legislature for the winter session from December 12, official sources said.