Telangana, govt spar over reporting to governor

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Hyderabad
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2014 01:03 IST

A full-blown war has erupted between the Centre and the K Chandrasekhara Rao-led Telangana government after it rejected directions from Union home ministry asking the state government to adhere to provisions with regard to the special responsibility the governor in maintaining law and order in Hyderabad.

The Telangana CM now plans to call a meeting of all the CMs in the country and unite them against the ‘high-handedness’ of the Centre.

Hyderabad is serving as the common capital of the two states — Andhra Pradesh and Telangana — since June 2 and would become a part of Telangana after 10 years. ESL Narasimhan is acting as the governor for the two states.

Under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, the law and order machinery of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Ranga Reddy district will be reporting to the governor till the time there is a common capital for Andhra and Telangana.

The Union home ministry had sent a letter to Sharma, reminding about the reorganisation act and the fact that the home secretary of Telangana needs to brief the governor. Further on these issues, the advice of governor shall prevail.

But Telangana chief secretary Rajiv Sharma, acting under the instructions of Telangana CM, on Saturday wrote back to the Centre rejecting the directions sent out by the union home ministry.

“We would take this issue to the notice of all the CMs in the country and unite them against the Centre’s high-handedness,” Telangana finance minister Eetela Rajender said.

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