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Lok Sabha speaker refutes BJP on Andhra Reorganisation Bill

Lok Sabha secretary general of the Lower House has stated that it is a finance bill under category A and hence cannot be introduced in Rajya Sabha.

Updated: Nov 18, 2016, 11.33 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: Congress has claimed that it had the better of the government on the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, a private member’s bill moved by party MP KVP Ramachandra Rao after the Lok Sabha Speaker declared that it was not a money bill as maintained by the Narendra Modi government.

However, this does not mean much as the Lok Sabha secretarygeneral of the Lower House has stated that it is a finance bill under category A and hence cannot be introduced in the Rajya Sabha. In any case, with the government opposed to the bill, it would not be passed by the Lok Sabha.

A private member’s bill is rarely passed even in one Houses. The story goes back to August 5, when the treasury benches raised objection to Rao’s bill seeking special package for Andhra Pradesh, saying it was a money bill and could not be introduced in the Upper House.

This was because the government could not support the legislation nor seen opposing the legislation favouring a state where TDP and BJP have stake. As per the 14th Finance Commission recommendation, states cannot be given special category status.

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