Historic Telangana Bill passed by Lok Sabha amid din, protests

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A scene in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo
A scene in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) A historic bill to carve out Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh was today passed by Lok Sabha amid din and strong protests by members from Seemandhra region, including ministers.

The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 was adopted by voice vote along with several official amendments, with main opposition BJP coming on board.

Moving the bill for consideration and passage, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the Centre will give special financial package to Seemandhra, residual part of Andhra Pradesh, to address the grievances of the people of that region.

A number of amendments moved by AIMIM member Asaduddin Owaisi and Trinamool Congress member Sougata Roy were negated.

Significantly, there was no live telecast by Lok Sabha TV for 90 minutes during clause by clause consideration of the bill before its passage.

Many members protested the way the bill was passed in the din, saying it was against the democratic norms and a “black day” in the country’s democracy.

The Bill was passed after a very brief discussion in which only Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj and minister Jaipal Reddy, a pro-Telangana leader from Andhra Pradesh, spoke.

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