Andhra Pradesh assembly rejects Telangana Bill
What must have come as a rude shock to the Congress-led UPA government, the Andhra Pradesh assembly on Thursday rejected the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill’ 2013 meant for granting statehood to the Telangana region. The Congress is banking on this bill to gain electorally in the region, by getting it passed in the upcoming parliament session starting from 5 February. In an unexpected turn of events on the last day of the session, Speaker Nadendla Manohar put a resolution moved by chief minister N Kirankumar Reddy seeking to reject the Telangana bill to vote. The resolution was declared passed amidst pandemonium. Members from Telangana stormed the well demanding rejection of the resolution, following which the Speaker adjourned the House sine die.