Telangana issue could generate heat in Parliament

The issue of a separate Telangana could generate heat in the Budget session of Parliament beginning Monday as the government has no plans to table a bill to carve out a new state.

New Delhi: The issue of a separate Telangana
could generate heat in the Budget session of Parliament
beginning Monday as the government has no plans to table a
bill to carve out a new state.

"A bill on Telangana is not included in the list of bills
to be introduced in the budget session," Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told reporters.
He, however, hastened to add that the list of bills was
always "tentative" and Home Ministry could come up with a
proposal.

During his recent interaction with editors of television
channels, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was ambivalent on
the issue.

He had said the government was trying to arrive at a
consensus on the "complicated" statehood issue through
consultations with political parties, which should be allowed
to be pursued to its "logical conclusion".

Andhra Pradesh Legislature had descended into chaos
yesterday when TRS and TDP MLAs hailing from Telangana region
virtually manhandled Governor E S L Narasimhan. The bedlam
also saw the mike and the lectern being uprooted and chairs on
the podium pulled down.
Reports from Hyderabad had it that Congress Legislators
and MPs from Telangana have decided to put pressure on the
Union government to make a statement reiterating its
commitment to implement its December 9, 2009 announcement
regarding statehood to the region.

PTI