Setback for Congress, Sonia Gandhi: Telangana Bill rejected

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Kiran Kumar Reddy
Hyderabad, Jan 30: In a major setback for Congress-led UPA government and Sonia Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh assembly on Thursday, Jan 30 rejected the much anticipated Telangana Bill. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy played a crucial role in spoiling Congress's dream ahead of Lok Sabha election 2014.

The state assembly rejected the bill by voice vote. The assembly also passed a resolution moved by the CM rejecting the AP Reorganisation Bill. Following this, the Assembly was adjourned sine die.

The assembly also passed a resolution moved by the CM Kiran Kumar Reddy

The CM earlier on Wednesday threatened to quit politics if the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, is tabled in Parliament in its current form.

Reddy was quoted as saying, "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."

Continuing his statement, the CM also added, "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."

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