Division of States has set procedures and precedents

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By Gautam Pingle

Published: 17th October 2013 09:42 AM

Last Updated: 17th October 2013 09:42 AM

Many doubts, concerns, fears and hopes over demerger of Telangana have been propagated by “responsible” persons and carried by mass media. The terms of reference of the GoM on Telangana has also caused some confusion. Aditya Krishna Chintapanti, a young and talented lawyer, has analysed several Reorganization Acts–Bombay (1960), Punjab (1966), Madhya Pradesh (2000) and Bihar (2000). The procedures have thus been established over a 40-year period. For Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, what are the issues and solutions as per past practice?

First, Article 3 of the Constitution confers extraordinary power on Parliament to merge or separate states at will. Article 3 also allows Parliament to amend Constitutional provisions and Amendments by simple majority. These are sovereign powers and are confirmed by the Supreme Court.

Article 3 makes it clear that the Bill for…

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