Assembly rejection clarified in the Bill

“The House while rejecting the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, resolves to request the Hon’ble President of India not to recommend the A.P. Reorganisation Bill, 2013, for introduction in the Parliament as the Bill seeks to bifurcate the State of Andhra Pradesh without any reason/ basis and without arriving at a consensus, in utter disregard to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity and economic and administrative viability of both regions. The Bill also completely ignores the very basis of formation of State of Andhra Pradesh, the first linguistic State created in independent India.”

This is a verbatim reproduction of the Assembly decision sent to the President by the Kiran Kumar Reddy administration. The Central Home Ministry responding to this assembly view wrote in the Amended Bill that “… the views of the State Legislature are not binding on the Parliament.”

Then it went on to describe the Pradeep Choudary Vs Union of India 2002 case, and the 2008 decision on the case by the Supreme Court which said “…the consultation with the State Legislature although is mandatory, but its recommendations were not binding on Parliament. ‘Çonsultation” in a case of this nature would not mean concurrence,” the Apex Court clearly stated.

The Home ministry then went on to further quote other similar cases — mentioning eight cases in total.

The Home ministry thus closed the issue of Assembly powers with regard to changes in States once again.

Medaram Jathara

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