Telangana bill may be tabled in LS on Dec 10

TNN | Nov 22, 2013, 02.58 AM IST

Union ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, Veerappa Moily, Jairam Ramesh and chief minister of AP, N Kiran Kumar Reddy at a meeting on Telangana issue in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI Photo)

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill 2013 is all set to come up before the Lok Sabha in the second week of December. Even though the House is being summoned to sit on December 5, the first day normally would be adjourned after obituary references. The next day, December 6 being Babri Masjid anniversary, important business is unlikely to be taken up in the House. Since there would be no sitting on Saturday and Sunday, serious business is expected to commence only from December 9.

However, since it would be the first day of business, the opposition parties including the BJP are likely to raise issues like the coal gate scam to score a point over the UPA government and force the adjournment of the House.

According to sources, the Telangana bill is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha any day between December 10 and 13.

The government sources said the debate on the T bill will be a short one. “In the case of the Uttar Pradesh Reorganization Bill 2000, the time allotted was just four hours. This time also, the ruling party would not allow the debate to go out of hand. At best, three to fours hours will be allotted for the debate,” the sources said.

According to the sources, none of the Seemandhra leaders would be given a chance to speak on the bill. “The principal speaker from the ruling benches will be home minister Sushilkumar Shinde who will pilot the bill,” they said. Except the BJP, none of the political parties would get more than five minutes to speak as the Congress wants to finish the debate as early as possible, the sources said and added that the plan of the UAP government is to take steps to ensure that the two states come into existence on New Year Day (January 1), 2014.

In the meantime, the Group of Ministers which met in Delhi on Thursday could not complete the process as expected due to the absence of two important members, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and finance minister P Chidambaram. The next meeting is expected to be held on November 27. Union Home ministry sources said the finishing touches to the draft bill will be given in the next meeting. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Shinde said that they would complete the process at the earliest.

Courtesy Times of India