January 21, 2022
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SC hears petitions seeking cancellation of AP reorganisation act 2014

Considering some petitions filed by some political personalities hailing from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana -like Congress MPs Rayapathi Sambasiva Rao and Vundavalli Arun Kumar, YSR Congress MP Mekapati Rajmohan Reddy, TDP MP C M Ramesh and BJP member Raghu Rama Krishna Raju- demanding the cancellation of Andhra Pradesh reorganisation act 2014 alleging that the federal government had not demanded the bifurcation and the erstwhile central government had unilaterally imposed the separation, the Supreme Court of India has observed that the common public had opted for the separation. When the petitioner has pointed out the Andhra Pradesh assembly had rejected the controversial bill and there was no pressure for implementing the bifurcation, the court has held when they said ‘state demanded’ they meant the people of the state not the state government. The petitions have also questioned the legality of the common capital provision mentioned in the Andhra Pradesh re-organisation bill 2014. The provision allows both states Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to consider Hyderabad as their common capital for at least ten years. Moreover, the petitioner has argued it is not the first time the state has been inflicted with the ill-effects of bifurcation- earlier, during the separation of Madras state the state had suffered the bad consequences- and the erstwhile centre government’s move is a complete violation of the basic structure of the constitution. Experts say that no centre government can forcefully inject a unilateral decision on their federal state. Our constitution has numerous reasonable provisions for ensuring federal freedom, they add. Any attempt to undermine those provisions will lead us into a state of anarchy, they further add.


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