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An Open letter to the President of IndiaOpen Letter by Sai Prasan
Please take legal opinion on AP Re-organisation Bill, 2014 and return it to Parliament to make it Constitutionally and Legally Valid.
(MUMBAI) - The following is an open letter to Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
February 26, 2014
Shri Pranab Mukherjee,
Hon’ble President of India,
Sub: Please take Legal opinion on AP Re-organisation Bill, 2014 and return it to Parliament to make it Constitutionally and Legally Valid.
The entire country wants you to take a legal opinion on the undemocratic, illegal, un-constitutional and draconian Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Bill, 2014, which was arbitrarily passed by both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha last week, before giving a final nod on it.
I would like to convey you that not only the people, especially Youth of Andhra Pradesh, but the entire country is stunned with the arbitrary way this Bill was passed by the Parliament. The Media has been very critical of this Bill and this will be a blot on our country if it takes the shape of an Act for the formation of Separate Telangana.
Hence, at the outset, I humbly request you, as you are the First Citizen and Constitutional Head of India, to take opinion on it and return this controversial Bill to Parliament for its reconsideration.
I would like to convey in brief about the illegality of this Bill:
In this regard, I would like to draw your attention on few points:
In the above context, I would like to quote the statement of Shri Naresh Gujral from Punjab on February 20, 2014 in Rajya Sabha.
“Sir, a lame duck and thoroughly discredited Government is playing dirty politics with the emotions, sentiments and aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh. Sir, this is the worst kind of divisive vote-bank politics which the Congress is infamous for perpetuating for a long time. Sir, 45 years ago, Punjab was divided. At that time, we were told that Chandigarh, for five years, would be a Union Territory, and, thereafter, it would come to Punjab. The Punjabi-speaking territories were to be restored to Punjab. But till today, nothing has happened. I want to repeat that that was the cause for terrorism in Punjab where 50,000 lives were lost. I warn this House that we are going to do a similar thing in Andhra Pradesh. We are making empty promises. We are bound to witness violence in Andhra Pradesh the way this Bill is being framed. Sir, I don't want to take too long. But I want to say only one thing that the way this Bill is being framed, it is vague and it is going to do injustice to Telangana as well as to Rayalaseema. Also, Sir, I am even questioning the constitutional validity of this Bill. You are conferring police powers on the Governor without a constitutional amendment. Sir, I have given a notice for a Motion under Article 88 to summon the Attorney-General of India tomorrow. Let him give his opinion whether this Bill is constitutionally valid or not because there is no point in passing a Bill which will later be struck down by the courts in India”.
Sir, in this background, I would like to convey you that the people specially the youth of non-Telangana region is very agitated. In line with the apprehensions of Shri Gujral in the above statement, the murmurs of an Independent Seemandhra Country is being heard both Offline as well as Online.
There is a strong pressure tactics by the vested interest that has managed the realization of the Bill in Parliament. I urge you to exercise your conscience, in the best and judicious interests of the People of Andhra Pradesh and India, and NOT allow this vicious-evil design to succeed.
Let me also convey you that the youth are questioning now: “If the President of India can return the Ordinance pertaining to giving exemption to the convicted MPs and MLAs to fight poll, than President of India can also return the illegal, unconstitutional and draconian Andhra Pradesh Re-Organisation Bill, 2014 to the Parliament for its reconsideration”
Sir, therefore, I humbly request you NOT to put your final Stamp on the Bill and use your discretionary powers to return the undemocratic, illegal, unconstitutional and draconian Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Bill, 2014 to Parliament for its re-consideration.
Looking forward to your kind attention to my plea in the National Interest.
With Warm Regards,
An Indian Citizen,
Janata Vikas Manch,
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