Govt pushes through AP reorganization bill

In a first indication of NDA’s numbers in Lok Sabha, the government rammed through the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization (Amendment) Bill amid stiff opposition from the TRS and the BJD MPs. Though some Congress MPs did protest, the party could not distance itself from the Bill that was crafted by the Manmohan Singh government. In fact, the Congress’s inability to oppose the bill, along with the support of parties like YSR Congress and TDP, helped the government push the bill in Lok Sabha. BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab’s demand for a division on the bill that includes the transfer of some villages in Khamman in Telangana to Andhra Pradesh was ignored by the Speaker.
The bill, which replaces an ordinance, was opposed by MPs on the ground that it was unconstitutional as state legislatures had not been consulted and presidential consultations had not taken place. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, rejected the objections on the grounds that interpretation of the Constitution was the job of the Supreme Court.

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