Hyderabad: The Union Cabinet may have approved the Draft Bill to carve out the separate state of Telangana, but this does not mean that no changes can or will be made in the Bill.
Based on the objections and opinions expressed by the State Legislature as well as by Parliament, the Union Cabinet can make changes it thinks fit. There have been instances when the concerned Legislature has moved certain amendments to the Draft Bill and the Union Cabinet has taken this on board. Changes can also be made based on the debate in Parliament.
When the Draft Bill creating the state of Gujarat from the erstwhile Bombay state was sent to the Bombay Legislature with a provision to make Bombay city a Union Territory, the same was approved in the Legislature.
But when the Bill was introduced in Parliament, there were objections to UT status for Bombay. The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru approved the amendment removing the UT status.
Again, when there was an objection against inclusion of Haridwar and Uddamsingh Nagar districts in Uttarakhand state, there was an amendment in Parliament and it was voted down.
Telangana and SeemaAndhra leaders who may wish to bring changes to suit their interests still have a chance to do so till Parliament passes the Telangana Bill.
T-Bill in Assembly by Dec 12
The Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill (Telangana Bill), which was accepted by the Union Cabinet on Thursday, may reach the state Assembly before its Winter Session starts on December 12.
Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told the media after the Cabinet meeting in New Delhi, that the Centre would send the Bill to the President in a day or two. According to convention, the President will send the Bill to the Governor.
All eyes are now on the President to see how many days he gives to the Assembly to express its views on the Bill.
The Winter Session begins on December 12 and may continue up to December 20.
If the Assembly receives the Telangana Bill before December 12, it may express its views during the Winter Session itself.
After receiving the Bill, the Governor will send it to the Assembly Speaker.
In the Business Advisory Committee meeting, which will be held ahead of the Winter Session on December 12, it will be decided when the Telangana Bill can be taken up in the Assembly and for how many days will it be discussed.