President rule to be imposed in Andhra Pradesh


president-rule-in-hydHYDERABAD: President’s rule is expected to be clamped in the state after the resignation of chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday. This will be despite the attempts by a few state leaders to get the term of the Assembly extended by six months. Indications are that the Assembly elections will be held along with the general elections in April-May this year.

According to highly informed sources, attempts by many loyalist Congress ministers and legislators to get the Assembly term extended by six months has not found favor with the leadership. “No such amendment was moved in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday when the House debated and passed the Telangana Bill. As per the Bill, elections will be held according to the present term of the Assembly along with Lok Sabha elections in April or May 2104,” a source told TOI.

Some still believe an amendment may be moved in the Rajya Sabha when the Bill is taken up in the Upper House, but AICC sources ruled out such a possibility. As Parliament is in session, the Union cabinet will take a decision to impose President’s rule in a day or two, these sources said. This will mean that Telangana will become a reality only after the elections.”Parliament will endorse President’s rule before the closure of this session.

After the presidential assent for the bifurcation of the state, the governor will act as the joint governor for the two proposed states and oversee the conduct of the elections,” an AICC source said. Earlier, it was averred that the Congress should form two governments in the two states after the bifurcation and promote leaders of weaker sections as chief ministers.

“But, as the Election Commission is all set to announce the poll schedule anytime now, the party has given up the idea,” a source said.

Constitutional experts too were of the view that the two states will become a reality only after the elections. “According to the Telangana Bill, the Appointed Date (when the two new states will come into being) will be notified through the official gazette. Before that, assets, employees and other matters have to be divided between the two states. My hunch is that it will take time and that the new states will not come into effect before the elections,” said Subhash Kashyap, former secretary general of the Lok Sabha and constitutional expert.