Telengana Bill is generating news for the past few days. On Tuesday, February 11, Congress party took a considerable step to expel six of its Lok Sabha MPs from Andhra Pradesh after Parliament heated up with the big discussion revolving around Telengana Bill. The bill will help the country to get its 29th state, to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.
Congress party president Sonia Gandhi took the decision after the party witnessed allegations from the oppositions claiming that the Congress MPs are disrupting the proceedings in the Parliament regarding the bill. AICC secretary Janardan Dwivedi confirmed the news through a press release that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had approved the party's disciplinary committee's decision to expel six MPs from Andhra Pradesh who have given a notice of no-confidence motion against the government and protested against the formation of Telengana with immediate effect,.
Sabbam Hari, G V Harsha Kumar, V Arun Kumar, L Rajagopal, R Sambasiva Rao and A Sai Pratap are the ones who have been expelled. These six MPs along with Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Congress leader N Kiran Kumar Reddy together protested against the creation of the new state publicly. Initially, Congress was being soft on the party leaders from the Seemandhra region who were continuously opposing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, but things changed when they pressed their demand for a no-confidence motion against the government. They even carried placards hailing a united Andhra Pradesh whereas Telengana members shouted slogans demanding the early creation of the separate state.
BJP, the opponent party has declared a full and final support for Telengana formation. Though to win their support on concrete basis for the bill, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited some of the senior leaders of BJP such as L. K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and BJP party Chief Rajnath Singh for dinner on February 12.
Such a decision from the party indicates that the party is now ready to take any disciplinary action against the members who protest against its decision in the near future. The Telengana Bill is supposed to be placed before the upper house of the parliament on Wednesday, February 12. But this was again opposed by the Rajya Sabha secretariat stating it to be a Money bill and that such bill which have financial implications for the government which cannot be tabled before Lok Sabha.
With so many disruptions and debates on the Telengana bill, it will be interesting to comprehend whether the new State will be formed or not in this session.