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Cabinet note on Telangana in 20 days: Shinde

The Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to suggest Union Territory status for Hyderabad.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Taking forward the decision on creation of Telangana, the Home Ministry hopes to present in the next 20 days a Cabinet note for initiating the process of carving out a new state.

"We are preparing a note to pass a resolution in the Cabinet. After we finalise the note, it will be sent to the Law Ministry for legal vetting. I hope the note will be presented before the Cabinet within 20 days," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters.

It has also been reported that the Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to suggest Union Territory status for Hyderabad. This would be in line with centre’s previous announcement that Hyderabad will be a shared capital between the old and new state for 10 years, with it resting with Telangana after that.

The sources also said that Vishakhapatnam and Vijaywada are front runners for Seemandhra capital.

The sources further said that the capital of Telangana should be a city with an airport, hence these two cities of Vishakhapatnam and Vijaywada are being considered for the moment.

Meanwhile, a high-level Congress panel will intensify its deliberations with Andhra Pradesh leaders from Tuesday for a smooth resolution of contentious issues on the creation of Telangana.

The committee headed by senior leader AK Antony will hold a meeting with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Andhra Pradesh PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana tomorrow, sources said.

It is learnt that during previous interactions, various suggestions had come up before the committee including trifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Seemandhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema.
The sources said that while Union minister Kishore Chandra Deo suggested the trifurcation of the state, party leader Renuka Chowdhary, had in one of the meetings, suggested that the proposed Telangana state should include some areas from Seemandhra regions as they are contiguous and will also ensure that the new state gets a coastline.

Control over Hyderabad is a contentious issue despite the fact that the Congress Working Committee had said that it would remain the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh as also the proposed state of Telangana for 10 years.

The Antony Committee was constituted by the Congress high command to look into the situation arising out of the decision to form a separate Telangana state after bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh. Other members of the Committee are Union minister Veerappa Moily, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s political secretary Ahmed Patel.
The decision of creating a separate Telangana has led to continued protests in the non-Telangana regions of Andhra Pradesh. The issue of separate statehood continues to rock Parliament.

With PTI inputs

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