New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday stated a fresh resolution was needed to be passed by the Andhra Pradesh state Assembly for the deletion of the controversial Clause 14 F from the Presidential Order of 1975.
Mr Chidambaram also told media persons at the Parliament that he had urged Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to get a resolution on separate Telangana statehood issued passed by the state Assembly, demanding the introduction of a Bill on Telangana in Parliament.
He further said the resolution on Telangana Bill was required to hasten the process of state formation.
“I am ready to give a reply on the Telangana statehood demand if the Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj raises this issue in the House,” Mr Chidambaram stated. He added, “I am ready to face any questions on the Telangana statehood issue from the Opposition members.”
The Union Home Minister further said that the Congress In-Charge of Andhra Pradesh Affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad has been holding discussions with both Seemandhra and Telangana leaders on the statehood issue.
Mr Chidambaram expressed confidence that the Centre would find a favourable solution to the issue soon.
However, he made it clear that an Assembly resolution was ‘must’ for deleting Clause 14 F from the Presidential Order for placing Hyderabad in Sixth Zone.
“Though the government has passed a resolution in 2010 on deleting Clause 14 F from the Presidential Orders, a fresh resolution is required for amending it,” the Union Home Minister pointed out. He said that Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs had already informed to the state in this regard.
Expressing serious concern over the suicides, Mr Chidambaram appealed to the youth not to commit suicides for the cause of statehood.(INN)