The draft Bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet on December 5 and sent to the President a day later. The President has now sent back the Bill to the home ministry, directing that the comments of Andhra Pradesh legislature be secured over the next six weeks.
This has ensured that the Bill can be taken up by Parliament only in its next session, when the vote-on-account will be passed. In the normal course, Parliament is would convene sometime in February to pass the vote-on-account.
Incidentally, in case Andhra Pradesh legislature clears the draft Bill with some suggestions, the Union home ministry will have to decide on accepting or rejecting them. This may take a few days. However, were the Bill to be rejected altogether, the Centre, not being Constitutionally bound by the state legislature's opinion, can move forward and get the draft Bill approved by the Cabinet without any changes. This will pave the way for the Bill to be introduced in Parliament.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who has earlier aired his reservations to the bifurcation of the state, had on Wednesday indicated that he might reconvene a session of the state assembly in January, when the draft Telangana Bill could be taken up.