Cong, UPA clear Telangana
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Telangana is set to become the 29th state of the country with the ruling dispensation at the Centre on Tuesday giving the go-ahead for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to create a new state comprising 10 districts. Hyderabad will be the joint capital for 10 years during which Andhra Pradesh will be required to develop its new capital.
Shortly after the UPA coordination committee unanimously approved the proposal for creation of the Telangana state, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) met Tuesday evening to pass a resolution asking the Centre to take steps to create Telangana within a definite timeframe. A special cabinet meeting has been convened on Wednesday morning, which is expected to approve the proposal, initiating the process of creation of the new state.
While the Congress, by taking the political call, has moved this controversial subject out of its folder, there are still many imponderables that will have to be dealt with before Telangana comes into existence.
Though Congress leaders Tuesday claimed that the process can be completed in four to five months, the CWC resolution was silent about any deadline. This may be for good reason as the road ahead promises to be arduous, allowing many opportunities for anti-Telangana groups to interject and delay the process.
Step 1: To start with, getting an assembly resolution seeking formation of a separate state of Telangana would witness sharp division in the 294-member House which is dominated by 175 members from non-Telangana regions. While it is not constitutionally mandatory to get the resolution passed in the Assembly, the past precedent is to do so. Given that resolutions were passed for creation of Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, the Congress may find it difficult to evade this step, though legal consultations are on.