Centre might not wait for AP assembly's nod for T-Bill

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Centre might not wait for AP assembly's nod for T-Bill
New Delhi, Jan 29: Even if the Andhra Pradesh state assembly doesn't approve the Telangana Bill, the union government might go ahead with it.

According to high level sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Centre is likely to present the Telangana Bill in Parliament even if the Andhra Assembly does not pass the resolution.

In spite of what the assembly says, the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will return the draft to the President. Pranab Mukherjee will then have to forward the Speaker's note and the draft bill to the Home Ministry.

The ministry of home affairs is preparing to bring a Cabinet note on February 7 seeking to present the bill before Parliament. Meanwhile, Andhra Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has requested the President to give three more weeks to debate the Bill in the Assembly. The deadline expires on January 30.

So far, only 80 legislators have expressed their views on the Bill and another 200 are yet to respond. The state assembly and the legislative council together have to consider 9024 amendments, which was cited by the legislators seeking another extension in the deadline.

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