T- Bill will be passed in Lok Sabha on February 17: Sources


t-billHyderabad: The much-awaited Telangana Bill will be passed in Lok Sabha on February 17 itself a day ahead, if sources are to be believed.

According to the information, the Centre is in no mood to leave a chance to Seemandhra leaders, including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, MPs like Lagadapati Rajagoopal and others, who were suspended from the Congress and other parties for obstructing the bill.
Annoyed by “Pepper Spray” incident, an alerted Centre has taken all measures to prevent any sort of untoward incident during Seemandhra protests ought to be held for two days. On the other hand, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar ordered an inquiry into the incident and constituted a committee to be headed by her deputy.

It is learnt that Union Home Ministry was alerted on APNGOs’ protests at the behest of Chief Minister and Seemandhra leaders.

Union minister Jairam Ramesh called on Telangana Rashtra Samithi Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao at his residence in Delhi and debated on the T issue. Jairam Ramesh is understood to have asked KCR to follow a compromise formula on Governor’s Rule, joint capital, allocation of AP Bhavan and share of resources and jobs distribution. However, politely rejecting the same, KCR said to have asked the Union Minister to ensure that the T Bill get passed even before the Vote on Account to be presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

While trying to manage the main Opposition BJP for smooth passage of the bill, the Centre was trying its best to put the T bill, which was already introduced, to voice vote on February 17. Actually, the Centre announced that it will pass the bill in Lok Sabha on February 18 and Rajya Sabha on the next day. But keeping the persistent protests of the Seemandhra leaders, who are now planning to protest at Delhi on February 18 and 19, the Centre is gearing up to check the menace. Else, it might turn out to be a law order problem, Congress sources said.

Interestingly, GoM member and Union Minister Jairam Ramesh maintained that there will be debate on the T bill in Parliament.

Though it is not clear, an understanding was reached between them on passing the bill. Another prominent issue said to have been debated includes merger of the TRS into the Congress. Jairam said the Centre will certainly pass the bill in Parliament come what may.