The group of ministers tasked to draft the bill to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh will this week firm-up a package to carve out Telangana and a package for Seemandhra.
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the panel had completed the discussion process with stakeholders and will submit its report to the Cabinet as soon as possible. The panel will meet on Tuesday for informal discussions and follow it up on with a meeting on November 21.
The tricky part will be deciding the future of Hyderabad, sources said. The Centre favours central control over law and order in Hyderabad so that people from outside Telangana feel safe and aren’t discriminated against. However, the plan hasn’t been received well by pro-Telangana parties.
The panel heard Andhra chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday arguing against the proposed bifurcation.
He said a new weak state will create a law and order problem, both for the state and the nation. Reddy, however, didn’t receive any support from the ministerial panel and addressed a media briefing later to point out that the Maoist threat will worsen if the Centre went ahead with Telangana.
On the contentious issue of sharing of Krishna water between the two newly formed states, Union minister for science and technology S Jaipal Reddy, a Telangana supporter, said a tribunal will be adequate to work out details of water sharing.
Video: Centre will provide safeguards to Seemandhra people, assures Jaipal Reddy