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UPA proposes to keep Hyderabad out of Telangana

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 07, 2014
First Published: 00:33 IST(7/2/2014) | Last Updated: 10:20 IST(7/2/2014)

The UPA government will put its seal of approval on the draft law to create Telangana on Friday, stomping out a last-minute effort to make Hyderabad a union territory.

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The group of ministers headed by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde revisited the provisions of the Telangana bill and the financial package, particularly for Seemandhra.

Unless Andhra ministers from Seemandhra region who are against the state’s division are able to persuade the Cabinet to change its mind, the government has decided to stick to its decision to make a clean split.

“That is certainly very unlikely,” a senior government functionary said, pointing that the Congress would lose support on both sides of the Telangana divide if the attempt to bring Hyderabad under central rule was accepted.

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As a concession, however, villages in Bhadrachalam sub-division would be made a part of Andhra Pradesh rather than Telangana.

These villages are due to the submerged for the Polavaram dam project gets approval from neighbouring states and the Supreme Court.

The Cabinet would take the final call, sources said, adding that the dilution was necessitated due to the dynamic political situation.

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader KT Rama Rao and MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi had hardened their stand on the creation of Telangana after suggestions that the Centre was leaving Hyderabad’s future open-ended.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters on Thursday that “we will bring the Telangana bill to the House”.

Other members of the panel said there were some contentious issues that had come up and a political call on putting it before the Cabinet tomorrow was yet to be taken.

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