Telangana effect mars first day of Parliament Monsoon Session

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There were also demands for creation of new states, including Bodoland out of Assam. Two members from Bodo areas also staged a protest outside Parliament building to press the demand in the wake of Telangana decision.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha could not function normally as they witnessed slogan-shouting by members from Andhra Pradesh against the proposal to form Telangana and demanding justice to the people of the Seemandhra region.

Due to the uproar, both the Houses were adjourned repeatedly without transacting any substantial business. The Lok Sabha was then adjourned for the day at 3 PM and the Rajya Sabha just 15 minutes later.

In the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the Home Ministry will "bring a comprehensive note for the Cabinet containing both substantive and procedural issues for the decision of the Cabinet."

Chidambaram, who spoke after demands by MPs for a statement from the government and a debate on Telangana, said, "In the matter relating to the separate state of Telangana, the Constitution of India lays down a procedure for formation of new states. Besides, a number of substantive matters have to be addressed with the formation of new state. These matters are under consideration of the Government."

The issues, he said, "will include, but (will) not (be) limited to, sharing of river waters, generation and distribution of electricity, safety and security of all residents of all three regions, guarantee of fundamental rights of all residents, etc."

He said once the Cabinet takes decisions on these matters, there will be an opportunity for the House to have a structured discussion on the subject. "The government will welcome such a discussion at an appropriate time," he said.

Courtesy : Indian Express

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