New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declined to grant a stay on the bifurcation process of Andhra Pradesh.
The apex court adjourned till August 20 hearing on a batch of petitions filed against the state's bifurcation. The petitions had contended the bifurcation was against rules laid down by the Constitution.
Some alleged the law wasn't followed, nor were considerations of the Sri Krishna Committee appointed by the government for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh is under President's Rule since February. The current spell of President’s rule, which the Union Cabinet approved on the recommendation of state Governor E S L Narasimhan, is not due to any constitutional crisis but a political crisis caused by the resignation of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on February 19 protesting the bifurcation of the state.
The Congress high command tried desperately to install a new government consequent to Kiran’s resignation but a mass exodus of legislators from the party, particularly in the Seemaandhra region, put paid to its hopes.