Telangana state likely to be announced today

TelangSupporters of separate Telangana state during a protest.

The ruling Congress is set to announce its decision to support the division of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, although the new state of Telangana is likely to come into existence only around May next year.

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While the Centre was earlier exploring the option of creating "Rayala-Telangana" by incorporating Anantapur and Kurnool districts, the idea has been shelved "for now", it was reliably learnt. Hyderabad will be the capital of the new state, but it will serve as a joint capital until Andhra Pradesh develops its own new capital. Full Coverage: Fight for Telangana

These decisions are likely to be announced after the meetings of the UPA Coordination Committee and the Congress Working Committee on Tuesday.

Keeping in mind the reservations of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and some other stakeholders on the inclusion of Anantapur and Kurnool districts in the new state, it has been decided that the announcement on the creation of Telangana will only list 10 districts. Sources, however, said the issue of incorporating the other two districts could be taken up for consideration later.

That the Congress leadership is exploring the option of "Rayala-Telangana" was evident last Friday when, after emerging from the Congress core group meeting on the issue, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad called up Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) to seek his views on the inclusion of the two districts.

While the process of creation of a new state will take time, the UPA leadership is looking at a May deadline — after the assembly elections are held in the state.

According to the procedure, after the Centre clears the division, a resolution will be moved in the state Assembly. Sources said the resolution "does not have to be passed" by the Assembly. The Union cabinet will consider the issue, after which a Group of Ministers will be constituted to look into sharing of assets and liabilities between the two states, as well as water-sharing. When all the steps are completed, the Reorganisation Bill will come up in parliament for passage.

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