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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Legal hurdles still ahead, MIM may take up cause

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 19, 2014
First Published: 01:40 IST(19/2/2014) | Last Updated: 01:46 IST(19/2/2014)

Lok Sabha’s approval on Tuesday to the legislation to split Andhra Pradesh has raised hopes that Telangana might be a reality soon but the move would still faces legal challenges.

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Hyderabad MP and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the party would challenge provisions in the legislation that gave the Governor the right to take decisions relating to law and order.

In order to ensure that people from Seemandhra — who live in Hyderabad — did not face any problems, the UPA’s version of the law seeks to empower the Governor to take the call on matters relating to law and order in Greater Hyderabad.

Owaisi told HT that this was an audacious proposal. “It means you trust the Telangana government with the entire state but over 680 sq km that makes up for the Greater Hyderabad region,” he said.

Owaisi said this clause of Telangana bill was unconstitutional as law and order is a state subject.

“How can an Act of Parliament change the basic structure of the Constitution,” he said.

“I want to ask Telangana leaders if they were fighting for this kind of Telangana, which will have no control over law and order in Hyderabad,” said Owaisi.

The Centre’s move to make Hyderabad a common capital has also come in for criticism from various quarters, with questions being asked how the chief minister of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh would run his government from a neighbouring state.

Owaisi also criticised distribution of assets and liabilities of the two states on the basisof population.


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