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Will Hyderabad be declared as Telangana's capital?

Agencies  New Delhi, October 03, 2013
First Published: 09:07 IST(3/10/2013) | Last Updated: 10:52 IST(3/10/2013)

A Union Cabinet note on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh says Hyderabad will be the capital of Telangana, CNN IBN reported.

According to the news channel, sources said the note was prepared late last night and the Cabinet is likely to discuss the Telangana issue in a meeting on Thursday. The note leaves the option open for Andhra Pradesh, it said.

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Earlier, AICC general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh had said the cabinet note would be ready by the first week of October.

On Wednesday, the Press Trust of India, however, reported that the Cabinet approval is likely to be delayed as the home ministry is yet to finalise the note.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde was yet to give a go-ahead to the draft prepared for presentation before the Cabinet, sources said.

Shinde was reportedly waiting for the recommendations of the high-level committee headed by defence minister AK Antony, which is hearing the concerns of all stakeholders in the wake of the Congress Working Committee’s decision on Telangana, they added.

After finalisation, the draft will be sent to the law ministry for legal vetting before being presented to the Cabinet.

The Cabinet, after giving its approval to the creation of Telangana, is expected to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to go threadbare into the issues arising out of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

That is likely to be followed by a resolution being sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly regarding the formation of the new State.

After formation, Telangana will be the 29th State of India. The CWC, which met on July 30, passed a resolution requesting the Centre “to take steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate State of Telangana...within a definite timeframe”.


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