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'There should have been a states reorganization committee'


TSI | Issue Dated: November 30, -0001, New Delhi
Tags : Telangana | Small states | State Reorganisation Committee |

Leading constitutionalist Subhash Kashyap in an interview. Excerpts:

What do you say about Telangana?
In principle, I agree that small states are a necessity. But the way it has been done in this instance, a State Reorganisation Committee should have been appointed. The timing and motivation of this announcement is suspect. The intent is dishonest.

What do you see as the immediate fallout?
Similar demands are emerging from other parts of the country. Just about everyone wants a state. If political decisions are taken at the drop of a hat, without any proper groundwork, there could be trouble ahead.

The NDA government too opted in for smaller state.
True. But it that case, three predominantly tribal states were set up and the motivation was not political. The decisions were thought out right to the end.

So does this decision smack of political opportunism?
Yes it does.

It may take a long time for Telangana to come into being.
Well if the government is serious it can be concluded within a month.

Following the Union Cabinet consent, a recommendation will be made to the President to refer the bill to the parent state legislature for their views. This has to be completed within a prescribed time frame stipulated by the President. While the views are mandatory, the consent of the legislature is not.
The requirement is to consult the legislature. Whatever may be their opinion, it’s not binding on the government. Even if the motion falls and fails to get the required majority in the assembly, the Centre can still go ahead.

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