Andhra Pradesh Bill A Financial Bill : Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

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NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien demanded exclusion of The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015 on Friday from the house.

"After going through the Bill's provisions carefully, and considered advice of the Ministry of Law and Justice, I hold the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, is a financial bill within the meaning of Clause(1) of Article 117 of the Constitution," Mr Kurien announced in the house.

"Accordingly, I terminate further discussion on the bill forthwith. I direct the bill be removed from the register of bills pending in the council," he added.

The Lok Sabha Speaker had taken decision that the bill was "not a cash charge" inside the importance of Article 110 of the Constitution.

In any case, the Lok Sabha Secretary General and the Law Ministry protested the Speaker's view, and recommended that since the bill includes setting up of a different high court for Andhra Pradesh, it is a class "A" money related bill, which must be presented in the Lok Sabha.

He said bill was presented by Congress pioneer KVP Ramachandra Rao as a private part's bill in 2015. On August 5, while it was being considered in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised a complaint that it was a cash charge.

Along these lines, assist procedures on the bill were conceded and the matter alluded to the Lok Sabha Speaker under Rule 186 (8).

Addressing journalists outside Parliament, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said: "Article 110(3) of the Constitution says just the Lok Sabha Speaker can choose whether a bill is a cash charge or not. The Lok Sabha Speaker chose that the Andhra Bill is not a cash charge."

"The Constitution does not perceive the Law Ministry; it doesn't perceive the Secretary General of the Lok Sabha. It just perceives the Speaker… thus, the Finance Minister deceived the upper house (that it is a cash charge) and kept a discourse on the private part's bill."

Mr Ramesh and another Congress MP, Digvijay Singh, said the Congress would move the Supreme Court against the choice.

"I am flabbergasted and stunned by the choice taken by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, as declared by the Deputy Chairman today (Friday). They have conflicted with the basics of Article 110(3) of the Constitution," Mr Singh said.