The hurdles to Telangana bill are continuing. Just as it was all set to go to the Rajya Sabha, the Chairman of the Upper House, Vice President Hamid Ansari is said to have raised some objections with regard to the nature of the bill and make sure that Rajya Sabha is the right house to introduce it first.
The Vice President is known to have sought legal opinion to clarify on the point if the AP Reorganisation bill be considered a state bifurcation bill or be treated like a monetary bill as it involves the division of financial resources and allocation of funding too. If it is to be considered a monetary bill, it is mandatory that it be first placed in Lok Sabha. The objections were raised by the Vice President’s secretariat and he discussed the issue with Kamal Nath, Parliamentary Affairs minister. The decision on the nature of any bill is to be decided by the Speaker and his decision is final. The latest objections by the Chairman of Rajya sabha seem to have come from the objections being raised by BJP which has been in two minds over the bill last few days.
A meeting is organised this afternoon by the Parliamentary affairs committee to decide the tabling of the bill.