State leaders make a beeline to Pranab
State Leaders Make a Beeline to Pranab, Telangana Bill, Bifurcation of the State. Intense lobbying for and against bifurcation of the State continued on Sunday with leaders from both the regions, including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, calling on President Pranab Mukherjee here on Sunday.
CM closeted for one hour with President
- Explains lack of clarity in T Bill on several issues
- Highlights impact on Rayala and coastal regions
- TRS leaders seek speeding up of T process
- Seemandhra TDP leaders submit a memo to keep State united
- Governor makes a courtesy call
Hyderabad : Intense lobbying for and against bifurcation of the State continued on Sunday with leaders from both the regions, including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, calling on President Pranab Mukherjee here on Sunday.
While Kiran was learnt to have emphasised on the "inconsistencies" in the draft T Bill that was introduced in the State Assembly, TRS MPs G Vivek and Manda Jagannadham and a senior leader of the party, G Vinod, urged the President to see that the process of carving separate T State was completed at the earliest. On the other hand Seemandhra leaders from TDP submitted a six-page memorandum urging him to keep the State united by recalling the State Reorganization Bill.
Though the CMO described the visit to Rashtrapati Nilayam as a courtesy call and even asked the media not to publish the photographs, it was learnt that Kiran who was closeted with Mukherjee for about an hour told the President how the T Bill lacked clarity on some key issues. The Chief Minister is reported to have explained to him the impact of the division of state on Seemandhra region and its consequences on the development of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. He also explained the problems that would arise from sharing of the Krishna and Godavari waters and how new problems like unemployment would crop up in the residuary State.
Among other issues that are understood to have figured in the discussion relate to transfer of certain villages in Bhadrachalam to the residuary state and the problems of having a common capital. Sources said that the President gave a patient hearing to Reddy and sought to know the reasons behind the stalemate over the debate on T Bill and why the Assembly could not take up the discussion.
Sources said CM briefed the President about the objections raised by the Seemandhra MLAs of all parties. However, what advice the President gave to Kiran is not known. Governor ESL Narasimhan also called on the President. It was only a courtsy call and no political significance could be attached to it, said the sources.
He will be hosting a dinner in honour of the President on December 24 and extended him a formal invitation when they met.