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GoM discusses Telangana issue

The ministerial panel is believed to have discussed the demands of the Union Ministers from Seemandhra which include making Hyderabad a Union Territory for a limited period and incorporating Bhadrachalam sub-division with residuary Andhra Pradesh.

‘Before this session of Parliament is over, we will bring the Telangana Bill to the House,’ Shinde told reporters after an hour-long meeting of the ministerial panel, which he heads.

The home minister, however, did not make any comment when asked whether the UPA government will be able to pass the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in the Parliament because of disruption caused by Seemandhra MPs in the House.

He, however, did not say anything about what transpired in on Thursday deliberations. ‘Our discussions are going on,’ Shinde said.

On Thursday’s meeting of the GoM was held a day after Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy staged a dharna in Jantar Mantar opposing bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The state Assembly has already rejected the bill for the separate state.

In a last-ditch effort to prevent Hyderabad from being a part of Telangana, union ministers of Seemandhra region had on Wednesday urged the ministerial panel to make the city a Union Territory and divide its revenue among Telangana and residuary Andhra Pradesh.

They had also demanded that the Bhadrachalam sub-division in the state should be incorporated into Seemandhra region as this is the submerged area of Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project, which will be part of residuary Andhra Pradesh.

Seemandhra union ministers said that the central government must provide a special package to the region, particularly Rayalaseema, and adequate funds for construction of a new capital.

They said people of the region should be allowed to avail the existing academic and health facilities to be part of Telangana till new institutes come up in Seemandhra.

The ministers urged the GoM that all these demands should be incorporated in the draft Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. The GoM deliberated the demands of the Seemandhra union ministers, sources said.

The union cabinet will discuss the draft legislation after the GoM gives its nod to pave the way for its tabling in Parliament.

Parl proceedings washed out again

New Delhi:
Parliament proceedings were washed out following uproar over Telangana and a number of other issues on Thursday for the second straight day which also saw three members, including one from Congress, giving notices for a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. Both the Houses were disrupted as members created uproar over creation of separate Telangana state, harassment of Tamil fishermen by Sri Lanka, 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Pathribal fake encounter case and killing of a student from Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi last week. Trouble started in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as soon as they met for the day, leading to adjournments.
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