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AP assembly begins debate on Telangana bill

Hyderabad:  Hectic lobbying by ministers from Seemaandhra with legislators from the region paved way for initiating debate on the draft AP Reorganisation Bill-2013 in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly this afternoon.  Following an assurance on the
PTI January 08, 2014 18:24 IST
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Hyderabad:  Hectic lobbying by ministers from Seemaandhra with legislators from the region paved way for initiating debate on the draft AP Reorganisation Bill-2013 in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly this afternoon.  

Following an assurance on the floor of the House by Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy that all information on the financial aspects of the draft Bill, sought by them, would be made available in two days, the Telugu Desam Party members returned to their seats and let Tourism Minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar start the debate.

However, the YSR Congress members remained in the Well of the House, raising slogans for a resolution against the bifurcation.

Even as the din continued, Vatti termed the draft Bill as “undemocratic and unconstitutional” and accused the Centre of trying to divide the state against the federal spirit.  

At this stage, Telangana legislators rose to their feet at their respective seats and tried to raise a protest.  Speaker Nadendla Manohar then adjourned the House till tomorrow.