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Govt committed to T’gana: Indian PM

Publication Date : 04-12-2013


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that his government is committed to formation of Telangana  state and is undertaking the process for creation of the state.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana, which met here today to finalise the Telangana Bill will meet again tomorrow as it could not take a final call on the issue of adding two more districts of Rayalaseema, Anantapur and Kurnool, to Telangana and whether Hyderabad  would be a Union Territory.

Telangana is a region in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It was formerly part of Hyderabad State (Medak and Warangal divisions) which was ruled by the Nizams. Telangana is bordered by the states of Maharashtra to the north and north-west, Karnataka to the west, Chhattisgarh to the north-east and Odisha to the east. Andhra Pradesh State had three main cultural regions: Telangana, Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.

Earlier talking to reporters after an all-party meeting called by the Lok Sabha Speaker, the Prime Minister said, “Our government is committed to the formation of Telangana. And it will be our effort to use due process of law for the creation of Telangana”.

The Andhra Pradesh Ministers, M M Pallam Raju and K S Rao, are also meeting the Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde and Jairam Ramesh to discuss the issue and put their points forward on the addition of two districts.

Today's GoM meeting was attended by Union Ministers, Sushil Kumar Shinde, P Chidambaram, AK Antony, Jairam Ramesh, Veerappa Moily and Ghulam Nabi Azad.

 The GoM could not take a final call on the status of Hyderabad and about who would control law and order.

The proposed new entity called ‘'Rayala-Telangana' will include the Rayalaseema districts of Anantapur and Kurnool, besides the 10 Telangana districts. The two states carved out of Andhra Pradesh will then each have 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly constituencies.

Once the GoM submits its report to the government, a special meeting of the Union Cabinet would discuss the ministerial panel's report on Telangana and the Draft Telangana Bill as proposed by the GoM.

Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of doing injustice to Andhra Pradesh, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu today charged the Congress with 'taking Telugu people for granted'.

“If you go through the last nine and half years, they have done injustice to Andhra Pradesh. They have neglected the state in railway budget, did not give adequate funds for national highways. Though we have demanded Rs 60,000 crore (US$9.6 billion) for cyclone-affected Andhra Pradesh, only Rs 4,000 crore (US$6.4 billion) have been given” Naidu told a press conference here.

The TDP leader charged the Congress with playing dirty games for political gains. “Without discussing with Andhra Pradesh people, how can you decide in Delhi’’, he asked.



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