With the UPA government readying to introduce Telangana Bill in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Chairman Hamid Ansari has reportedly raised technical objections. Sources said, late on Monday night, he summoned the parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath and citing objections raised by his secretariat.
The President Pranab Mukherjee, however, has given his nod to the Telangana Bill which is likely to be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. Home Ministry officials said that the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, which was approved by the Union Cabinet but rejected by the state Aseembly, has been sent back to the Home Ministry with the Presidential approval.
Sources in Rajya Sabha secretariat said since the Bill entails an expenditure, it was mandatory for the Lok Sabha to pass it first and then refer it to Rajya Sabha. The secretariat is understood to have told Ansari, that the Bill should be treated as any other Money Bill. The Money Bill have to seek nod of Lok Sabha and they are sent to Rajya Sabha for a formality.
The government planned to introduce the Bill in the Rajya Sabha so as to ensure it does not lapse as it happens with all pending Bills on the dissolution of the Lok Sabha or completion of its term. Its strategy to blame the Opposition, if the Bill was stuck has also come to naught.
The agenda has to now go before the Lok Sabha’s Business Advisory Committee on Tuesday to get the Bill cleared before it can be introduced in the House.
Meanwhile, the Parliament remained paralysed for the fourth consecutive day on Monday of the resumed winter session with the Telangana issue rocking both the Houses. Sources in the Parliamentary Affairs
Ministry suspected that the Opposition does not want any business conducted that helps the ruling Congress in the election. They said the session may end up with just passing the interim general and railway budgets, with a distant possibility of the Telangana Bill getting through if the main opposition Bhartiya Janata Party cooperates.
In Hyderabad, ahead of a vertical bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh into two halves, state finance minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy presented a massive Rs 1.83 lakh crore budget for the financial year 2014-15 in the legislative assembly. All the 11 Telangana ministers in the Kiran Kumar Reddy boycotted the pre-budget cabinet meeting.