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Andhra CM writes to President, seeks more time on Telangana Bill

Reddy told reporters he has written the letter to the President but did not specify how much time was sought. But, sources close to him said an additional three weeks were sought by the state government.

The president initially gave time till 23 January to the state legislature to discuss the Bill and return it but subsequently extended the deadline till 30 January.

Reddy’s move came after the Seemandhra ministers and MLAs at a meeting with him decided to seek additional time citing frequent disruptions in the Assembly.

So far only about 90 MLAs, including the chief minister, spoke on the Bill and expressed their views while some others gave their opinion in writing.

But most of the assembly time was lost in disruptions by either the Seemaandhra or the Telangana legislators on one demand or the other.

Unrelenting legislators from Telangana region did not allow the assembly to transact any business for the second day Tuesday, demanding that the CM withdraw his notice given to the speaker for moving a resolution to reject the AP Reorganisation Bill-2013.

Standing in the Well and raising slogans against the chief minister, the Telangana legislators pushed the House into pandemonium as soon as the proceedings began at 9 am. At the same time, members from Seemaandhra region too went into the Well, demanding that the Speaker place the notices issued by the CM and others under Rule 77 before the House for consideration.

The CM also refused to be drawn into the debate over the ‘original and final’ AP Reorganisation Bill.
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