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The Congress central leadership will make efforts to persuade Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and other senior leaders from Seemandhra to extend their cooperation in the smooth passage of the A.P. Reorganisation Bill 2013 in the upcoming session of Parliament.

It has asked the Chief Minister along with MPs and senior leaders from the region to be present in the national capital on Tuesday. The invite comes in the light of the proposed meeting of the Congress core committee in the War Room, a day ahead of the commencement of the Parliament session for passage of the vote-on-account budget.

The core committee members are understandably upset over the resolution passed by the A. P. legislature rejecting the Reorganisation Bill as the issue has landed the party in an embarrassing position. Leader of the Opposition, Sushma Swaraj, raised the Chief Minister’s opposition to bifurcation during the all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamalnath on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kiran Reddy held detailed discussions with senior party leaders to decide the course of action to be adopted in the event of the Bill being tabled in Parliament. Mr. Reddy is leaving for the capital on Tuesday morning as part of his efforts to convince his party’s senior leaders against bifurcation of the State.

Legal advice sought

According to the tentative schedule, the Chief Minister and the Seemandhra delegation got appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee at 12.30 pm on February 5. After the meeting, they will head for Shakti Sthal to pay homage to late Indira Gandhi and stage a sit-in as mark of protest against bifurcation, ignoring the interests of the Telugus.

The Chief Minister is also understood to have obtained legal opinion from constitutional experts on the scope of approaching Supreme Court as the Bill sent to the Assembly was not comprehensive and the Assembly had passed a resolution rejecting the Bill outright.

Minister for Legislative Affairs S. Sailajanath said the Seemandhra Congress leaders also invited YSR Congress and the Telugu Desam members to join forces in opposing the division of the Telugus.



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