The ruckus over special status to Andhra Pradesh continued in Rajyasabha. The issue has currently taken a different hue with each party in question – Congress, YSRCP and Telugu Desam vying with each other to bat for it and claim the mantle of working for the greater good of the state.
In this regard former Prime Minister spoke for the first time over the issue and asked Rajyasabha to fulfill the commitments made by him over the issue, two years back, on February 20, 2014.
The discussion on the bill that is introduced by KVP Ramachandra Rao came to a standstill with Arun Jaitley calling it a Money Bill – in which case it cannot be discussed Rajyasabha. The decision on this, according to Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, is not possible, “The Constitution does not give any power to the Chair (of Rajya Sabha) to decide if it is Money Bill or not….The point is if the Chair has any doubt he cannot decide…In a way Chairman of Rajya Sabha is vested with zero power whether it is Money Bill or not…I am giving ruling…since the matter is under doubt, I refer the matter to the Speaker,” he said.
This evidently led to uproar and the House was adjourned for Monday.