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TRS MPs stall Lok Sabha demanding Telangana High Court

Hyderabad: Hardening its stand on the issue of the long awaited bifurcation of the Hyderabad High Court, one of the commitments enshrined in the AP State Reorganisation Act, Telangana decided to go all out to achieve it by fighting the Centre with a steely resolve. Accordingly, the State upped its ante by refusing to compromise on anything less than a separate High Court for it.

As part of the move, the TRS MPs raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and stalled the proceedings on the unyielding stand of the Centre and forced the Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, to adjourn the House thrice. They relented only after the Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, gave them an assurance that he would respond on the demand on Thursday.

Though the Reorganisation Act mandated the Andhra Pradesh government to provide infrastructure required for setting up the High Court for the residuary State, no such efforts were made either by the Andhra Pradesh government or the Central government.

The Hyderabad High Court on May 1, 2015, also granted six months’ time to the AP government to finalise a location for setting up the High Court within its jurisdiction. But since then, there has been no significant progress in this direction.

No headway by Centre

The Centre also could not make any headway in persuading the AP government to comply with the Reorganisation Act, despite repeated requests by the Telangana government for bifurcation of the High Court of Judicature.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao made several representations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of High Court bifurcation. Telangana Law Minister A Indra Karan Reddy also repeatedly complained to the Centre against AP on bifurcation.
AP constructed its Assembly and Secretariat at Amaravati in record time, but it was delaying the process of construction of a building for High Court. TRS MPs led by TRS Parliamentary Party leaders, K Keshava Rao and AP Jithender Reddy, raised the issue in Parliament several times and pursued it with the Union government.

In a bid to realise this long pending demand, the TRS MPs even extended their strategic support on various initiatives of the Central government, but failed to get the same response on issues of importance to Telangana State.

TRS MPs on Wednesday gave an adjournment motion on the High Court bifurcation issue and soon after the Lok Sabha proceedings commenced, they lodged protests by raising slogans saying, ‘We want High Court’. The first adjournment came within minutes after the House met at 11 am, when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till 12 pm.

When the House resumed, TRS members trooped near the Speaker’s podium, displaying placards and raising slogans demanding a separate High Court for Telangana State. As the Ministers did not respond to the demands raised by TRS MPs, the Speaker adjourned the House thrice during the day.

Kavitha questions dilly-dallying

Speaking to mediapersons outside Parliament House, Nizamabad MP K Kavitha demanded to know why the Central government was dilly-dallying with the proposal to establish a new High Court for Telangana State as promised in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisatioin Act.

“It has been more than three and half years since the new State was formed and there was no such delay in the High Court bifurcation following a State bifurcation earlier. We will not relent until the Centre makes an announcement in this regard,” she said.

TRS Parliamentary Party leader and Mahabubnagar MP AP Jithender Reddy told mediapersons that despite repeated requests to Union Cabinet Ministers and protests in Parliament, the Central government failed to give clarity on a specific timeframe for division of assets, especially the High Court.

Prasad’s assurance

“The Centre is making excuses such as non-availability of lands or buildings in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States for establishment of the new High Court which is unacceptable,” he said. Reddy demanded that the Centre take initiative for establishing the new High Court rather than blaming the Supreme Court for the delay.

In a moral victory of sorts for Telangana, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured the TRS members that he would be able to come out with a response to their demand on Thursday.

Later, TRS Parliamentary Party leader Jithender Reddy made a statement promising to cooperate in the running of the House smoothly in view of the assurance given by the Law Minister.

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