GoM gives nod for Rayala-Telangana

Published Dec 5, 2013, 3:06 am IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 10:03 pm IST

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet will on Thursday discuss the report on Telangana and the draft bill to create the new state as the GoM completed its work on Wednesday night and is believed to have recommended merger of two districts of Rayalseema with the proposed state.

Emerging from an hour-long meeting, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters that the GoM has "completed the process and the Cabinet will discuss the recommendations tomorrow".

Bandh against Rayala Telangana

Sources said the GoM is understood to have recommended merger of the two districts of Rayalseema--Kurnool and Anantpur--with proposed Telangana despite strong opposition from Telangana Rashtra Samiti and some Congress leaders. Both Kurnool and Anantpur have proximity to Hyderabad and have a sizeable Muslim population.

However, a final decision will be taken by the Union Cabinet tomorrow.

Legislators oppose Rayala T plan

If the proposal is accepted, undivided Andhra Pradesh would be divided equally and the two states would get 21 Lok Sabha seats each, 147 seats each in the assembly and 45 seats in the legislative council.

The Group of Ministers, in its meeting, fine-tuned issues related to distribution of assets, sharing of water, demarcation of boundaries and divisions of officers' cadre.

The GoM is believed to have recommended providing special status to both the states under Article 371-D of the Constitution.

The issue of Hyderabad continues to be contentious as Seemandhra leaders are demanding protection of lives and property of Seemandhra people settled in Hyderabad after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

One of the options is handing over law and order responsibility and revenue department to the central government under a special provision of the Constitution.

The GoM meeting, chaired by Shinde, was attended by Union Ministers A K Antony, P Chidambaram and M Verappa Moily among others.


Location: Andhra Pradesh


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