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Bill on Telangana sent to Pranab

New Delhi, Dec. 6: The Union home ministry today sent to the President the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill for the creation of Telangana.

Pranab Mukherjee is expected to go through the bill, cleared by the cabinet yesterday, over the weekend before referring it to the Assembly.

“But before that (sending it to the Assembly), the President can return the bill with queries,” said an official.

Once the bill comes back to the President from the Assembly, it will be brought to Parliament. The Centre is hoping to pass it during the current session, sources said.

In the Assembly, however, the bill will have to overcome hurdles from legislators opposed to the bifurcation, including chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy.

The Assembly’s views are not binding on the Centre. But such disagreements have never preceded the creation of new states in the past, officials said.

The latest move on the bill came amid speculation that Congress MPs from Seemandhra may resign, as some have threatened to in the past. “We will meet on Monday, we have not decided yet,” said junior Union IT minister Killi Kruparani, who is from Seemandhra.

Tourism minister Chiranjeevi wrote to Sonia Gandhi, requesting her to ensure that the resignation letter he had submitted in October was accepted.

TRS cry

TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao today voiced objections to some provisions of the bill, especially those related to the governor’s powers over Hyderabad that will be the joint capital for 10 years, and sharing of financial obligations.

Rao said he would write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggesting amendments to the bill approved by the cabinet and if they were not accepted, TRS MPs would move motions in the House.

“If the Centre fails to consider our amendments, our three MPs in the Lok Sabha will serve notices and explain the amendments to the House,” Rao said in Hyderabad.