Three options on hyderabad status

The union government has prepared three options on the contentious issue of status of Hyderabad after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The options are to keep Hyderabad in Telangana without making it a Union Territory while the second option is to invoke Article 258(A) of the Constitution where Hyderabad becomes the capital of Telangana but the latter voluntarily gives away certain functions to the Union government like police, public order.

Article 258(A) of the Constitution deals with “power  of the states to entrust functions to the Union”. The third option is to declare Hyderabad a Union Territory and joint capital.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde will examine these options and only after final consultations at the highest level will the home ministry circulate a draft note to Central  ministries for their observations before placing it before the Union Cabinet.

While the MHA will seek comments of all ministries, including the ministry of law, by circulating the draft note, the recommendations of the A.K. Antony Committee are also likely to be considered by the Cabinet. The committee hearing concerns of all stakeholders in the wake of the Congress Working Committee decision on a separate Telangana has not yet completed its deliberations as the defence minister is indisposed.

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