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Cabinet Clears Telangana Bill ఫిబ్రవరి 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Congress, Hyderabad, Koya, Mulki, Polavaram, Settler, Telangana.
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Cabinet clears Telangana Bill
B Muralidhar Reddy, The Hindu, New Delhi, February 8, 2014

Hyderabad will not be UT, there is no Rayala Telangana either

The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared the Bill for creation of Telangana, paving the way for its introduction in Parliament on February 11 or 12.

The key demands of Seemandhra leaders that Hyderabad be made a Union Territory and that Rayala Telangana be created were rejected, putting a question mark on the fate of the Bill in Parliament.
While the Bill as sent by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly would be commended to Parliament for consideration and passage, the government would move 32 official amendments, amplifying some administrative aspects on the bifurcation of the State.

The Bill will be tabled along with a summary of 30-odd pages on the proceedings in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Council, and a number of amendments proposed by the State legislators.

With the Cabinet’s clearance, UPA managers are now faced with the challenge of getting Congress MPs from Seemandhra on board. As things stand, there is little chance that they will cooperate in its passage. The determination of Seemandhra MPs to stall the move was evident as Parliament was paralysed for the third consecutive day on Friday.

A senior Minister told The Hindu, “In effect, no big changes were made to the original Bill. One of the amendments proposed is to include the villages that would be submerged on account of the Polavaram project in Seemandhra.”

Three Ministers from Seemandhra made a forceful but vain attempt to plead the case for demarcation of Hyderabad as a Union Territory. The Bill envisages Hyderabad as a common capital of the two proposed States for 10 years.

The demand of the Seemandhra Ministers for inclusion of the districts of Anantapur and Kurnool in Telangana also did not find favour with the Cabinet.

At the meeting, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is believed to have sought clarifications on how the Governor of Telangana could be vested with law-and-order powers in the territory of the common capital of Hyderabad.

Jairam Ramesh, a key member of the Group of Ministers on Telangana, explained that the government was legally sound on the subject.

The government is keen on pushing the Bill as the ongoing Parliament session, which ends on February 21, is the last chance to get it through. The current Lok Sabha session is the last before the Lok Sabha election due in April-May.

The UPA managers were also holding consultations with the BJP, which has its reservations.

The BJP has been putting the onus of the passage of the Bill on the Congress, which faced serious embarrassment on account of a no-confidence move by six of the party MPs from Seemandhra.

Both the BJP and the Telugu Desam Party support creation of Telangana but have complained that the Bill does not address the concerns of Seemandhra.

source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/cabinet-clears-telangana-bill/article5666491.ece

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