New Delhi, 6 January
The Human Resource Development Minister, Mr M M Pallam Raju, has said he would vote against the Bill to be tabled in the upcoming session of Parliament proposing the carving out of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.
Mr Raju’s intended action is fraught with the danger of creating a constitutional crisis for the UPA government.
Though Mr Raju, talking to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting of the National Monitoring Committee of Minorities Education here today, did not elaborate on whether he would do so as member of the Union Cabinet or he would resign before the Bill is brought before the Cabinet for its final approval.
A Cabinet decision on any issue is always a collective decision and every member of the Cabinet, irrespective of his/her difference of opinion on that issue, is party to a decision passed by a majority vote.
Given Mr Raju&’s resolve to vote against his own government’s decision, there are two possibilities ~ either he will resign before the Cabinet meeting is held to take a final view on the Bill or he will be dropped from the Cabinet by the Prime Minister before such a situation arises. However, Mr Raju said he has not a shred of doubt about the passage of the Bill in both the Houses.