Manmohan bats for AP Special Status

Manmohan bats for AP Special Status
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Amid the slugfest over special status to Andhra Pradesh, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday spoke up on the issue, asking the Rajya Sabha to fulfill the commitments made by him in this regard over two years back as the House took up a private member bill on the issue. 

New Delhi: Amid the slugfest over special status to Andhra Pradesh, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday spoke up on the issue, asking the Rajya Sabha to fulfill the commitments made by him in this regard over two years back as the House took up a private member bill on the issue.

The private bill, moved by Congress member KVP Ramachandra Rao, was, however, referred to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for a decision on its fate amid an uproar created by the Congress.

"The Constitution does not give any power to the Chair (of Rajya Sabha) to decide if it is Money Bill or not....The point is if the Chair has any doubt he cannot decide...In a way Chairman of Rajya Sabha is vested with zero power whether it is Money Bill or not...I am giving ruling...Since the matter is under doubt,

I refer the matter to the Speaker," Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said. If it is declared as Money Bill, there cannot be any discussion on it in the Rajya Sabha.

Earlier, Manmohan Singh appealed to the House to honour commitments made by him on February 20, 2014 on the floor of the Rajya Sabha to grant Special Status to Andhra Pradesh.

It was perhaps for the first time that Singh had himself spoken on the issue over which the NDA ally TDP and its government in Andhra Pradesh has locked horns with the BJP-led government at the Centre.

TDP MPs have been agitating for the demand for a number of days, both inside and outside Parliament.

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