Telangana gets cabinet nod, Hyderabad joint capital for 10 yrs; bandh called in Andhra. vercoming resistance from Seemandhra leaders from Congress, the Centre on Thursday took the first significant step towards creation of Telangana state from out of Andhra Pradesh and deciding that Hyderabad will be the joint capital of the two states for 10 years.
Over two months after the Congress Working Committee put its seal of approval, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the home ministry for creation of the 29th state and decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out modalities.
“The Cabinet has given its approval for the creation of a new state of Telangana,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters after the meeting that lasted more than two hours.
He said it was decided that Hyderabad will be the common capital of the two bifucated states for 10 years.
After the creation of the new state, the security and guarantees including fundamental rights of the people of coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana will be ensured, he said.
The Cabinet approved a GoM that will go into the issue of a special financial disbursement that may be required from the central government for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, for building its capital and to cater to special needs of the backward regions.
In the meeting, ministers MM Pallam Raju and KS Rao voiced their opposition to the move, sources said. They are believed to have said that bifurcation will lead to problems.
The new state will have a geographical area of 10 of the 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Out of 42 Lok Sabha seats and 294 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana is likely to have 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assembly seats.
Seemandhra on high alert
The Union home ministry has directed police to take all precautionary measures to maintain law and order in view of the possible protests over the development, officials said.
Acting Director General of Police B Prasada Rao Thursday evening held a video conference with the inspectors general of police and superintendents of police of all 13 districts of Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra are together known.
The police chief directed the officials to beef up security at vital installations and take all necessary steps to prevent untoward incidents. The SPs have also been advised to act with restraint while dealing with the peaceful protestors.
Police already tightened security at the residences of union ministers, MPs, state ministers and state legislators in the wake of reports that the Telangana note would be submitted to the union cabinet.
Hyderabad to be joint capital
The CWC resolution has proposed to make Hyderabad the joint capital of the two states – Telangana and the remaining districts of Andhra Pradesh. But the Congress leadership gave up this plan since this would have necessitated turning the much-sought after city into a union territory (UT).
Government sources told HT that the home minister intended to place the formal note before the cabinet at its meeting a few hours later today to seek the government’s approval.
According to the cabinet note, the new state of Telangana would comprise 10 districts including Hyderabad.
The residuary state of Andhra Pradesh can still operate out of Hyderabad for a maximum of 10 years but the AP government would not have a say in its governance.
“Our sense is that given the politically-surcharged environment in Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh government would like to move out to a new capital as soon as possible,” a government functionary said.
Out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the undivided state, 17 would go to Telangana state and 25 to residuary Andhra and out of the 18 Rajya Sabha seats in the undivided state, 8 are proposed to be given to Telangana and 10 to rest of Andhra Pradesh. The 294-seat legislative assembly would similarly be split with 119 going to Telangana and 175 to Andhra. The cabinet note, however, does not spell out any proposal for the 90-member legislative council.
Chiranjeevi resigns as minister over Telangana decision
Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi resigned on Thursday night from his post in protest against the Union Cabinet’s approval of the formation of separate Telangana, his aide said. The actor-turned-politician has faxed his resignation to the Prime Minister’s Office, his personal assistant said.
Chiranjeevi, who hails from Coastal Andhra, felt anguished over the way the protests in Seemandhra regions, going on for over two months, against the division of Andhra Pradesh were handled.
He has come under intense pressure from the united-Andhra supporters in the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions following the Congress Working Committee’s endorsement of separate Telangana demand on July 30.
The united-Andhra supporters have often demanded that Chiranjeevi quit his post to mount pressure on the Congress leadership towards halting the division of Andhra Pradesh.
Source from : Hindustantimes