Andhra Pradesh Assembly rejects draft Telangana bill by voice vote

Written by Express news service | Updated: Jan 30 2014, 18:21pm hrs
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh Assembly on Thursday rejected the draft Telangana bill by voice vote. Reuters
In a setback to the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Thursday rejected the draft Telangana bill by voice vote.

The Assembly passed by voice vote a resolution moved by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill. Following this, the Assembly was adjourned sine die.

This comes a day after Reddy on Wednesday threatened to quit politics if the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, is tabled in Parliament in its current form.

The Bill is incomprehensive and incomplete. What the Centre has sent us cannot be accepted by anybody. Even then, if the Centre tables it in Parliament, I will quit my post and quit politics, he had told reporters.

The Union home ministry cheated us on the Telangana Bill. It is the responsibility of the home ministry to check the Bill and ensure that it is in proper order before sending it to the Assembly. I am not asking them to correct flaws, but am opposing the Bill, he had said.