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Telangana crisis: TRS opposed to Hyderabad as union territory

Telangana crisis: TRS opposed to Hyderabad as union territory
The birth pangs preceding the creation of the state of Telangana have got sharper with even the pro-division forces set on collision course. On Sunday, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) and Congress general secretary in-charge for Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh expressed diametrically opposite views on the post-division status of city of Hyderabad.

The statement issued by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) endorsing the creation of the state of Telangana has proposed that Hyderabad could remain the joint Capital of Telangana and rump Andhra Pradesh for the next 10 years. This proposition has been questioned by TRS, which has led the agitation for the separate state.

On Sunday, TRS boss KCR said that accepting Hyderabad either as union territory or a permanent joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was ruled out. He said his party had no objection if Andhra Pradesh government functioned from Hyderabad for 10 years as announced by the central government. He, however, made it clear that the Telangana government would run the administration of Hyderabad.

On the other hand, Digvijaya Singh on Sunday wanted a ‘Delhi-like model’ for Hyderabad. ‘We are looking at provisions like we have in Delhi where law and order is being handled by the home ministry directly and the Police Commissioner is directly responsible to the Lieutenant Governor... Some kind of formulation we are looking at,’ the AICC general secretary said during an interview to a news channel. He was asked if the city would be part of Telangana or a union territory during the next 10 years.

Singh said the Congress resolution has promised to make Hyderabad a part of Telangana after 10 years and ‘every effort will be made for a new capital for Andhra.’ Observers in Hyderabad that taking lessons from Punjab, which permanently lost the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana – Chandigarh, to the centre for the purposes of administration, TRS was unlikely to take the bait for a similar status to Hyderabad.
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