New Delhi, Aug. 20: The government has not begun the process of forming Telangana yet, top government sources said today. Three weeks after a declaration by the Congress working committee, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has neither commenced either drafting of the bill to form Telangana nor has it moved a cabinet note on it.
Before drafting the bill, a cabinet meeting is required to clear the Congress party’s decision to form Telangana.
“We have not begun the process yet. No cabinet note has been moved,” said a home ministry official.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who flew to the capital today for the third time since the decision on Telangana, is a worried man.
He is here to discuss the demand fortripartite talks by Bodo activists with senior Congress leaders including home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who returned to New Delhi after recuperating from a surgery in Mumbai.
Gogoi has already met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this month who told him that Shinde would be given a free hand on taking a political decision related to protests in Assam.
Officials of MHA and law ministry were expected to meet soon after the declaration and begin the drafting of the bill.
The draft would then have to be sent to various ministries for their comments and a final draft prepared and vetted by the cabinet, before the bill is sent to Parliament.
Drafting the bill would take about three months from the day it commences.
Officials feel the process should have commenced if the government wants to pass the bill in the winter session of Parliament that usually begins in the first week of December.
A Congress party committee headed by defence minister A.K. Antony was formed to look into the dissenting voices from Seemandhra. The issue remains a worry for the party.