Telangana gets big cabinet push అక్టోబర్ 13, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Hyderabad, politics, Sonia, Telangana.
Telangana gets big cabinet push
DNA, Oct 4, 2013
But tension grips state as anti-bifurcation groups call 48-hour bandh in Seemandhra
Pondering hard on the Congress party’s decision for over two months, the government finally bit the Telangana bullet on Thursday with the union cabinet setting the process rolling for the formation of the 29th state of the country. Soon after the cabinet decision, the supporters of united Andhra Pradesh called for a 48-hour bandh from Friday in Seemandhra regions. The police in Seemandhra region (coastal Andhra and Rayalseema) have been put on alert as the region is simmering with anti-bifurcation agitations for the past two months.
Keeping the cards close to its chest till the last moment, the government included Telangana in the cabinet agenda late in the evening and it was circulated to the cabinet ministers as a stabled note to the agenda.
Earlier in the morning, Congress president Sonia Gandhi met Andhra leaders and also general secretary in-charge Digvijay Singh, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and home minister Sushil kumar Shinde and decided to go ahead with the resolution.
Given the task to put various options based on Justice Sri Krishna Committee report, the union home ministry presented a note consisting three possible formulae before the cabinet. Deliberating for more than two hours, the union cabinet chose to opt for the full statehood formula for Telangana, the best possible scenario for pro-Telangana people.
Before taking the decision, the cabinet deliberated on the possible scenarios and how to ensure safety and security of residents for all the region of coastal Andhra, Rayalseema and Telangana, including guarantees of fundamental rights.
According to the formula accepted by the cabinet, Hyderabad will become common capital for both States for a period of 10 years. The residuary State of Andhra Pradesh may decide on its new capital to enable process of transition within 10 years.
The proposal will now be entrusted to a Group of Ministers (GoM) to address legal and administrative measures and have a detailed look into bifurcation and sharing of resources like water, power, gas, coal, forests and state and central services.
Sources in the Congress circles said the government now may ask chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to step down and replace him with more pro-Telangana leader ahead of the special session of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
Once the GoM gives its recommendations, the union home ministry will fine everything and bring it in the shape of a legislative bill in 7 days.
After being vetted for the second time by the cabinet, the bill will be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee, with recommendation that he refer it to the Andhra Pradesh state legislature.
Andhra Assembly will be given 30 days to comment on the bill, however, the Centre is not obliged to accept its opinion. Thereafter it come to the cabinet again for the third time for final changes and within five days will be introduced in the parliament.