Telangana bill could derail last session of 15th Lok Sabha

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 3 2014, 05:53am hrs
Telangana billGovernment planning to take up the controversial Telangana bill while Opposition parties. Reuters
The last session of 15th Lok Sabha beginning on Wednesday is all set to be stormy with the government planning to take up the controversial Telangana bill while Opposition parties want focus mainly on passage of interim Budget.

Government managers are weary whether any legislative business barring the Vote on Account could be passed in the session with the Opposition parties, the Left and the Right, up in arms over its strategy.

A meeting of Congress leaders convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath today saw the BJP as also the Left parties accusing it of not creating atmosphere conducive for the passage of the bills, especially the Telangana bill.

Andhra Pradesh is sharply divided on regional line on the Telangana bill, set to be introduced in this session despite rejection by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and MPs from Seemandhra, including those from Congress, have made clear their intent to oppose it tooth and nail.

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj alleged that the government was itself to blame for any disruptions as a section of Congress members were themselves up against the Telangana bill.

Similar is the contention of Left members with Sitaram Yechury accusing the government of not preparing any strategy on Telangana so as to avoid disruptions.

Government sources said that NDA acting chairman L K Advani as also Swaraj told Finance Minister P Chidambaram to come with the Vote on Account at the earliest, expressing apprehensions over the smooth conduct of Parliament. Chidambaram, however, expressed inability to come with the Vote on Account before February 17 as much effort goes into presenting an interim budget, the sources said.

Even though Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi appealed for the passage of the six anti-corruption bills, it did not appear to have much impact.

Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay was blunt in telling the Congress-led coalition to leave all the bills for the next government and just focus on the passage of Vote on Account (General) and Vote on Account (Railways). He wanted the session to be a short affair from February 17 to 21.

As many as 39 bills have been listed in the session which is the continuation of the Winter session that ended last December. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will have 12 sittings between February 5 and 21 during which the government plans to introduce other crucial legislations like Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill and push other bills passed by one of the two Houses.

Government managers expressed apprehensions that there could be much trouble in the session on Telangana and they would be hardly able to control the situation in Parliament.

Speaker Meira Kumar has called a meeting of political party leaders tomorrow to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.