If Section 8 is invoked-KCR to go on fast
- Both states in tension
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao informed Governor E S L Narsimhan in no uncertain terms that any attempt to invoke Section 8 of the A P Reorganization Act under duress from AP CM Chandrababu Naidu would not be acceptable to the Telangana government.
The Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao is understood to have made this clear to the Governor during his hour-long meeting at Raj Bhavan today in the wake of reports about the verbal advice given by the Attorney-General of India Mukul Rohatgi on the special powers bestowed upon the Governor under Section 8 of the A P reorganization act. (APRA)
The explanation given in the Act for Section 8 is “for the purpose of administration of common capital area (in this case Hyderabad), the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in such area.
It is further explained in the Act that the responsibility of the Governor would extend to matters such as law and order, internal security and security to vital installations, and management and allocation of government buildings in the common capital area.
In discharge of such functions, the Act explains, the Governor shall, after consulting the Council of Ministers of the state of Telangana, exercise his individual judgment as to the action to be taken.
If the act is implemented it gives immense powers to the Governor that the decision taken by him in his discretion “shall be final, and the validity of anything done by the Governor shall not be called in question on the ground that he ought and ought not to have acted in the exercise of his individual judgment”.
Thus, reports about the Attorney General’s advice to the Governor based on the above, and speculation about the possibility of the invocation of Section 8 in Hyderabad, stirred the hornet’s nest on Monday night in political circles.
The Telangana government is confident that the Centre will not invoke Section 8 of the AP Reorganisation Act in the aftermath of the cash-for-vote case.
“It will not happen. There is no scope. We have complete faith that the Centre will not invoke this rule in a corruption case. This is the first time in the world that a political leader like Mr Chandrababu Naidu is seeking liberty for corruption and exploitation,” TRS deputy floor leader B. Vinod Kumar told the media expressing anguish over the decision of the attorney general Rastogi.
The Chief Ministers of various states and also the leaders of various political parties from New Delhi are understood to have called up KCR and extended their full support and cooperation in opposing any such move of the Governor at the best of the BJP-led NDA government under duress from its ally TDP and AP CM.The leaders acused Chandrababu Naidu of playing a diabolical game to save his skin in the note-for-vote case
Highly placed sources in the Chief Minister’s office told on Tuesday that Mr. Rao termed the move a question of ‘self-respect’ of the people of Telangana. “If the Centre insists on taking away the law and order powers of Telangana, I will launch a fast in New Delhi,” he said at a meeting late on Monday night.
I will not keep quiet, if such a decision is taken by the Centre. I will write to all the Chief Ministers and seek their support on the issue. I will build a national movement like the telangana movement on the issue,” he was quoted as telling the officials.
The Chief Minister reportedly questioned whether in a federal system, the Centre could take away the law and order powers of a duly elected Government.
“We will make this an election issue in Bihar. If states like Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh start demanding new powers in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, who will keep quiet,” he said at the meeting.
Mr. Rao, the sources said, made it clear that during his meeting with the Governor, he would tell in no uncertain terms that such a proposal was not acceptable to the Telangana government.
It is a wait and watch situation for the people of Telanagana and Andhra if both the chief Ministers meet in the presence of the Governor and iron out their differences, the mudslinging and cases against each other or section 8 will be invoked?