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Sitaram Yechury says House competent to decide on KVP Ramachandra Rao Bill

Fri, Jul 29, 2016, 01:27 PM
Sitaram Yechury, CPIM general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP, was greeted from both sides and the Chair, `Here Sitaram, there Sitaram, everywhere Sitaram' on Thursday night when he rose to speak on KVP Ramachandra Rao Private Member Bill deamnding Special Category Status for AP. (There Sitaram refers to Union Minister Nirmala Sitaraman).

Speaking in Telugu for the first time in the House, Sitaram noted that the AP Reorganisation Bill was a hasty move by the previous Congress government. His party was ideologically opposed to a division of combined Andhra Pradesh.

Even the present BJP-led government was trying to walk on two stools and was falling between two stools as far as the implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act was concerned.

Arguing his case for the SCS to AP, he quoted Guruzada Apparao's famous quote, `Desam ante matti kadoi desamante manujuloi.' The Act has to be implemented because the law was made for the people.

It was well known that Seemandhra would suffer a severe revenue shortfall. The Act provided them with the promise to fulfill the shortfall. It was thought at that time the promise of the Act would reassure the people.

At this stage, it was Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu who got the SCS enhanced from 5 to 10 years. Two years have passed. The first budget shortfall remained. The second year too passed.

Therefore, he demanded that an assurance be given to AP, here and now. An announcement in this regard needed to be made by the government.

Pointing out that the government was describing that the AP Act amendment constituted a money bill, he produced the reference of the House decision in 1963 by the then Chairman, Dr Zakir Hussain, who ruled: `Prima facie any ruling on the nature of a bill has to be left for the decision of the House.' The House was, therefore, competent to decide on the Bill. If there is a valid objection, it is for the courts to decide. Finally, the leader of the House is expected to act on this subject.

It was a revelation during Yechury speech that many upcountry leaders understand Telugu. They include panel Chair Basavaraj Patil and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Agency: Ap7am Desk
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