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Resolution on Council revival this week

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, JULY 5. A resolution recommending revival of the 90-member Legislative Council will be introduced by the Congress-led Government in the Assembly, most likely later this week.

This will be in keeping with the promise made by the Congress in its election manifesto for the Assembly elections. The Telugu Desam Party, which was instrumental in abolishing the Legislative Council in 1985, is strongly opposed to revival of the Upper House as it considers the concept of bicameral legislature in the States a waste of time and money.

The TDLP chief, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and his deputy, T. Devender Goud, said as much while talking to reporters here today. Mr. Naidu made it clear that the TDP would oppose the resolution as and when it is introduced.

The CPI(M) is also not in favour of reviving the Upper House as a matter of principle. The CPI `s stand though is different. It feels that having secured an overwhelming mandate on its election manifesto, the Congress has every right to introduce the resolution. The BJP is not opposed to the Council's revival on political grounds and may even support the resolution. However, according to the party MLA, G. Kishen Reddy, the BJP favours a uniform system in the country since only four States - Maharashtra, UP, Bihar and Karnataka - have Councils. Like the Congress, the TRS leadership is quite enthusiastic about reviving the Legislative Council. This could help them in accommodating leaders who could not be given the Assembly ticket due to the seat sharing arrangement with the Congress.

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