New Delhi: In a significant development, the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the formation of Telangana as a separate state by bifurcating the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The big decision was taken during the Union Cabinet meeting held at the residence of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
According to reports, the Cabinet approved the formation of GoM to look into the process of bifurcation of the state. Another important decision taken by the Union Cabinet was that Hyderabad will remain the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Confirming the development, Home Minister Shushilkumar Shinde said, “Union Cabinet approved the formation of GoM to work out mechanism for both states to function from a common capital of Hyderabad.”
“The GoM will look into special financial disbursement for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh,” the Home Minister said.
Shinde further confirmed that “Hyderabad will be the joint capital of both states for 10 years.”
Even as the Union Cabinet met at the PM’s residence, the pro-Andhra Pradesh supporters protested outside the 7, Race Course Road Residence.
The members of the United Andhra Pradesh Students Association tried to broke the barricade outside the Prime Minister’s residence, which forced the police to use mild lathi-charge to disperse the protestors.
After the Cabinet’s approval the Group of Ministers (GoM) will go threadbare into the issues arising out of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
That is likely to be followed by a resolution being sent to Andhra Pradesh Assembly regarding the formation of the new state. After formation, Telangana will be the 29th state of India.
Calling bifurcation a loss for the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy said, “I believe the Cabinet note is not on the agenda. It may come as a table item. But we will wait for the Cabinet decision. The party may win or lose an election, but the bifurcation will be a big loss for the entire state and all people. There will be a severe power shortage. Naxal movement might see a return. Water distribution will be a problem. Hyderabad is a hub for health facilities and education.”
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said the issue of creation of separate state of Telangana was receiving the government’s attention in the right earnest.
Speaking to reporters onboard his special aircraft while returning from New York after attending the UN General Assembly session, the Prime Minister had said the government was seized of the issue.
“The Telengana issue is receiving the attention of the government in right earnest. As soon as I go back I will find out from the Home Minster what stage he has been able to reach up to. But this is very much on our minds,” he said.
On October 01, a report in a news agency had said that the approval of the Union Cabinet for creation of Telangana could be delayed as the Home Ministry is yet to finalise the note to be put up before it.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has not yet given the go ahead to the draft prepared for presentation before the Cabinet, sources said.
The CWC, which met on 30 July, passed a resolution requesting the Centre “to take steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate state of Telangana… within a definite timeframe”.
There have been continuing protests in the non-Telangana parts of Andhra Pradesh against the decision to carve out the new state. The Monsoon Session of Parliament also witnessed strong protests by Congress and TDP MPs from the Seemandhra region against any move to divide Andhra Pradesh.