Hyderabad: In yet another missive to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karimnagar Parliament member B Vinod Kumar has pressed for bifurcation of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
He also urged the PM to respect the AP State Reorganisation Act passed by the Parliament and increase number of seats in State Legislative Assemblies of AP and Telangana States. He said that it was high time for the Centre to act on the provisions made in the AP Reorganisation Act of 2014, as more than three years have already passed and next elections are around the corner in 2019.
Vinod Kumar has been repeatedly writing to Prime Minister Modi, Union Ministers and other top officials of the Central government, drawing their attention over the urgency to resolve both the issues. In a missive addressed to the Prime Minister on Thursday, Vinod Kumar felt that the Opposition party also has obligation to support these initiatives as the AP State Reorganisation Act was passed during the UPA government regime.
The Karimnagar MP pointed out that the AP Reorganisation Act mandates for a seperate High Court for both AP and TS. To enable the President of India to notify the location of the High Court, the Union Cabinet should make a recommendation in this regard. He reminded that such inaction is in violation of Section 31(2) of the AP Reorganisation Act passed by the Parliament. He felt that there would not be any objections from either of the States.
“Though Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had expressed his willingness to provide necessary support for the High Court bifurcation, there has been no progress,” he stated.
Vinod Kumar emphasised the need for delimitation of Assembly constituencies in both the States of Telangana and AP, for 119-153 constituencies and 175-225 constituencies respectively.
“Numerous representations were made, but it has fell on deaf ears,” he said.
He reminded that though the then President Pranab Mukherjee has returned an ordinance on re-drawing the boundaries of AP and Telangana States initially, the BJP government has pushed through the ordinance on redrawing boundaries of AP and Telangana State where 205 villages of seven mandals from Telangana State were transferred to Andhra Pradesh, to please people of Andhra Pradesh and its Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
The MP alleged that the delimitation of boundaries of two states was done, when it was deemed to be advantageous and backed by political will, not withstanding the Constitutional constraints.
He also wanted the Centre to seek fresh opinion of the Attorney General on the issue, specifically on the dispute between the provisions of the Constitution which are in contrast with each other over delimitation of the constituencies.