Former Union Minister, senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy has declared that neither the Central Government, nor the Parliament have any powers over making changes to Constitutional functions of Article 3. The formation of Telangana State is carried out as per Articles 3 & 4 and hence the current changes made by the central government through an Ordinance first and now as a Bill are unconstitutional, he said.
The unilateral behavior of the NDA government is beyond any reasoning, said Jaipal Reddy and has hoped that the Supreme Court will take the proper issue under consideration and declare the present Bill null and void. The Central government has resorted to inciting bad blood between two states, and such behavior is not to be allowed in a democracy, he said. Consultation of Telangana and Andhra governments is a must while making any changes to boundaries, he reminded. The Adivasi population of Bhadrachalam region will not be happy by this toying with their lives. The former UPA government took each village as a unit but the present government has taken a mandal as a unit and took this decision, which is wrong, explained Jaipal Reddy.
He has expressed hope that before the Courts take the matter into their hands, the Central government would rightly consult the states. He has also accused the TDP to resorting to pressure tactics on the NDA government in getting their selfish ends met.