If not amended, Article-3 would have severe repercussions: Jagan

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Bhubaneswar: YSR Congress supremo Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and said that an amendment should be brought in for Article 3 of the Constitution, wherein the Assembly must unanimously pass a resolution, or, at least, two-thirds majority in the Assembly and Parliament should be made a must for bifurcation of a state.
 
“If Article 3 is not amended, the repercussion would be so severe that anybody in power in Delhi could sit down there and their whim and fancies could split any state. Democracy would be killed in broad day light,” after meeting the CM stated Reddy, who was here as part of his nationwide campaign against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh (AP).
 
“We have requested Naven ji on an amendment to Article 3 and requested him (to foresee) the kind of ramification this would have. We are impressed upon him,” added he.
 
Describing the Telangana decision as "arbitrary", the YSRC president mentioned that what is happening in AP does not stop with AP. This would set a new precedent where it would roll on to other states in future. 
 
Opposed to the bifurcation of AP, Reddy's meeting with Patnaik was part of his nationwide tour to garner support against the formation of a separate Telangana.
 
Reddy however expressed satisfaction on the meeting with the Odisha CM and said, “In our efforts in this direction, we have approached Naveen ji and he is kind enough to extend all his support in safeguarding democracy.”
 
Meanwhile, terming division of a state as “a system of political, social and emotional issue,” Patnaik addressing media said, “In case of AP, the people of the state should have been consulted and a consensus developed before any decision is taken. It should not be done for narrow political electoral gain. A sensitive political dialogue is missing in the whole process.”
 
Earlier Reddy had called on President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday and urged him to refer the issue for judicial review in the interests of the Telugu people and sovereignty of the country. The President was requested to exercise powers under Article 143 in this direction and seek the advice of the Supreme Court.

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