[Marxism] Unprecedented events have taken place in the Indian Parliament yesterday
Marla Vijaya kumar
marlavk at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 13 22:08:44 MST 2014
The ruling Congress Party, the main constituent of United Progressive Alliance wanted to introduce a bill for the bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh (pop. 85 million) and carve out Telangana State from it, with the Capital city of Hyderabad going to it. This has been strongly resisted by the people of the other two regions of the state, Coatal Andhra and Rayalaseema. 65 million people living in the two regions and the Telangana region were agitating against bifurcation as they argue that their lives will be adversely affected with the loss of Hyderabad. Almost half the population of Telangana are people from the other two regions. The movement demanding the carving out of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh is spearheaded by a regional fascist party, TRS which began threatening that they will kick out the 15 million Seemandhraites (Coatal Andhra + Rayala Seema people) from the new state and will seize their properties.
The Andhra Pradesh legislative Assembly has majority members from Seemandhra region and the Assembly has categorically rejected the Central Government's proposal for bifurcation of the state. The resolution of the affected State Assembly was ignored by the Center and they had decided to introduce the Bifurcation Bill in Parliament with the support of the right wing and Hindu Fascist BJP, who also want to carve out Telangana. Unprecedented peoples agitation is going on in Seemandhra against Bifurcation for the last 6 months.
The Congress Party headed by Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Italian born wife of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi thought that she will get a good number of parliament seats by going ahead with the bifurcation decision. Telangana region has 17 Parliament constituencies and Seemandhra has 25. The chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, also from the Congress Party, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy is against division and is resisting the Central Government on this. He is likely to resign from the Congress Party and it is believed that he will float a new party and fight his parent organisation in the coming elections. Ms. Sonia's Congress Party is sure to end up a big loser in the state in Andhra Pradesh state with 42 Parliament seats. In the last elections, the ruling Congress Party had bagged 33 of the 42 seats in the state. Poll surveys indicate that the ruling Congress will be defeated all over India in the coming elections and the opposition BJP may be the gainer.
The Bifurcation Bill has many constitutional violations and a majority members of the Indian Parliament barring the ruling Congress and Main opposition BJP are against the bifurcation. In this context, when the Government wanted to introduce the bill in Parliament, with support from BJP, violent protests were staged by the lawmakers of Seemandhra, cutting across party lines. 6 lawmakers of the ruling Congress Party were suspended from the Party.
On 13th Feb, when the government wanted to introduce the Bill, the members again trooped into the well of the house, protesting loudly. The Ruling Party had deployed some loyal lawmakers to resist them. A melee ensued and the protesting Seemandhra law makers were violently attacked. One of the lawmakers had used pepper spray to protect himself from the blows. There was commotion and pandemonium and the house was vacated. In the commotion, the Home Minister announced that the Bill for Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has been introduced, flouting all house rules. This was protested by the opposition, including BJP and now BJP is afraid of supporting the Bill, which is likely to make them unpopular. The Bill has little prospect of getting passed as the ruling coalition is in minority in the house and only 4 working days left before the dissolution before next elections.
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