President signs Telangana bill

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Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has given green signal to the Telangana Bill. The AP Reorganisation Bill would be introduced in the Parliament tomorrow, as per the TV Reports. The same was confirmed by Congress Chief whip Satyavrath Chaturvedi.

The government is likely to introduce the Telangana bill in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Amid opposition by anti-Telangana MPs, including those from Congress, the government has so far refused to reveal its cards on the issue. Earlier, the plan was to introduce the bill on February 12.

The bill is being introduced in Rajya Sabha as the government apparently wants to keep it alive even after the dissolution of Lok Sabha. Bills introduced in the Upper House and not passed by it remain in the ‘live register’. Notwithstanding the opposition from within Congress and outside, the Union Cabinet had on Friday cleared the Telangana Bill.

The controversial bill will be presented in Rajya Sabha in the form it was sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and the government will move 32 amendments when it is taken up for consideration, sources said.