As the decision of the Andhra Pradesh assembly, either way, is not mandatory, the Centre will go ahead with its decision to create Telangana by tabling the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in the ensuing Parliament session, official sources said.
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde has already declared the central government's intention to table the Bill in the next session of Parliament. "We are clear in our mind that the Bill will be brought in this session. It is a commitment we have made, Shinde had said.
The Parliament session is scheduled to end on February 21. This will be the last House session before the tenure of UPA-II comes to an end.
CM Kiran Kumar Reddys letter to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking extension of the deadline for discussing and returning the statehood Bill has been termed by home ministry officials as a time-buying tactic.
The GoM, set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, is likely to meet on February 4 to articulate the government's view for recommending to President Pranab Mukherjee the next course of action. The CM had on Tuesday written to the President seeking extension of the January 30 deadline, during which the Andhra Pradesh assembly will have to discuss and return the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill to the central government with or without its view.