AP Assembly in limbo as T-deadline approaches

With only 48 hours left for sending back the Telangana BIll (AP reorganisation Bill-2013), the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday adjourned for the day without transacting any business as Telangana and Seemandhra MLAs took turns to stage dharna, raise slogans with placards and gherao the Speaker’s podium.

Even the four-and-a-half- hour-long Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting at the Speaker’s chambers failed to end the impasse plaguing the Andhra Pradesh legislature.

With the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) sending representatives from both the regions, finding a compromise became impossible right from the word go.

Adding fuel to the fire, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu didn’t attend the meeting.

Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarsimha opposed the resolution to reject the T bill, but Seemandhra legislators wanted division on the resolution and TDP leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju  Naidu sought for extension of debate for three more weeks. “We will fight for voting in the House on Wednesday,” he said speaking to the media after the meeting.

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