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GoM to meet again before finalising note for Cabinet

The GoM was of the view the two districts will benefit only if included in the new state.

With the move to include two districts of Rayalaseema — Kurnool and Anantpur— to Telangana as proposed by the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde becoming a contentious issue,the GoM will meet again on Thursday before a cabinet note is finalised later in the evening.

The GoM has completed its process and the Cabinet will now discuss the proposals,Shinde said.

The move to include the two districts is being opposed by even Telangana leaders. Sources point out that the two districts of ‘Rayala Telangana’ is designed to improve seat tally for the Congress as both have sizeable Muslim population. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) which spearheaded the movement for Telangana,is opposing the move. The districts also fall south of Krishna River and may remain dry if not given due consideration.

The GoM was of the view the two districts will benefit only if included in the new state.

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Apart from proposing a bigger,12-district Telangana,the GoM is likely to give control of Hyderabad to the Governor. The city was to be the common capital for 10 years,as per the Congress Working Committee (CWC) resolution. The GoM is learnt to have decided modalities of sharing of waters between two States and establishment of a new High Court. Shinde said the GoM has “completed the process and the Cabinet will discuss the recommendations tomorrow”.

Sources said the if the proposal is accepted,Andhra Pradesh would be divided equally and the two states would get 21 Lok Sabha seats each,147 seats each in the assembly and 45 seats in the legislative council.

The GoM,in its meeting fine-tuned issues related to distribution of assets,sharing of water,demarcation of boundaries and divisions of officers’ cadre. The GoM is believed to have recommended special status to both states under Article 371-D of the Constitution.

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First published on: 05-12-2013 at 01:44 IST
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