statesman news service
New Delhi/Hyderabad,
7 February
Taking another step towards formation of a separate Telangana state, the Union Cabinet today gave its nod for the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill, said official sources.
The approval came at the two-hour long meeting held at the Prime Minister’s 7 Race Course Road residence in the Capital.
The Bill is aimed at creating Telangana as the 29th state comprising 10 districts and Hyderabad as its capital. The Cabinet cleared the Bill despite opposition by the Central ministers from Seemandhra. It also reportedly turned down the proposals for making Hyderabad a Union territory or formation of Rayala-Telangana by adding two districts of Rayalaseema to Telangana. The Cabinet, however, reportedly recommended a financial package to Rayalaseema and north coastal Andhra. It also agreed to provide financial assistance to develop the capital of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.
It was also reportedly decided to discuss in Parliament the amendments proposed to the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill 2013 during the debate in the state legislature. The Cabinet meet was followed by a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which discussed the latest developments on Telangana.
The Supreme Court earlier today refused to intervene in the Central government’s plans to carve out a Telangana state, dismissing a number of petitions, seeking stay on the government’s move to bring Telangana Bill in Parliament. The apex court ruled that it is not an appropriate stage for it to intervene in the matter.
Both Houses of the state legislature on 30 January had passed resolutions by a voice vote, rejecting the Bill sent by President Pranab Mukherjee for its opinion under Article 3 of the Constitution.
However, the Central government has decided to go ahead with the process for formation of a separate state. The Bill will now be sent to the President with a recommendation to forward it to Parliament.
Sources said the Bill may be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on 12 February.