The cabinet on Thursday cleared the original proposal for the creation of a separate Telangana state comprising 10 districts of Andhra Pradesh and put an end to the confusion that two more districts could be added to the new state. Full Coverage: The Telangana tangle
The roller-coaster ride to Telangana has now taken a sudden turn, with the Centre planning a new avatar, Rayala-Telangana, just before proposing the Telangana bill in Parliament’s winter session, beginning today.
The Union cabinet will today take a final call on the controversial plan to expand the boundary of the proposed Telangana state to include two Rayalseema districts too, a move staunchly opposed by Telangana politicians.
Chirala Bheema Rao, a farmer from Guntur district of coastal Andhra, fears the worst post-statehood for Telangana.
Andhra Pradesh deputy chief minister C Damodara Rajanarasimha on Friday met Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and discussed key issues pertaining to creation of Telangana.
Comparing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to Cyclone Phailin, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday said he would make efforts to thwart it.
Four MPs from Seemandhra region including L Rajagopal on Monday submitted again their resignation letters in protest against division of Andhra Pradesh, after Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar rejected them on Friday.
Sources say that the Group of Ministers is contemplating these projects in a bid to mollify Seemandhra, but plans to tread a tightrope on a host of contentious issues, including the key one of sharing water resources with Telangana.
The Group of Ministers (GoM), setup to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, will submit its report to the Union Cabinet before the winter session of Parliament, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said today. "We will submit the report before the winter session begins," Shinde who heads the seven member GoM told reporters here.
After a brief lull due to cyclone Phailin and incessant rains, the anti-Telangana agitation has resumed in parts of Andhra Pradesh with chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy playing a pro-active role in the revival of protests.
Signalling that the UPA government was committed to passing the Telangana bill during the winter session, there were murmurs that Parliament could be re-convened after a short break if the government misses the December 20 deadline.
The cabinet on Thursday approved carving out a Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh, triggering massive protests across Seemandhra and a flood of resignations of Congress leaders from the region - the biggest shock exit being that of Union tourism minister K Chiranjeevi.
With the Union Cabinet on Thursday approving the formation of Telangana state, the police in Seemandhra region (coastal Andhra and Rayalseema) of Andhra Pradesh have been put on alert as the region is simmering with anti-bifurcation agitations for the past two months.
While the Cabinet has decided to give the green signal for Hyderabad to be the joint capital of both Andhra and Telangana, the political implications for the Congress will be significant.