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Telangana State Formation is Approved by Union Cabinet. Union Territory Demand for Hyderabad is Reje
The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the Telangana bill, paving the way for its likely introduction in Parliament next week. The approved bill has left provisions of the original draft bill largely untouched. The special meeting of the Cabinet also rejected the demand of Union ministers from Seemandhra to accord Union territory status to Hyderabad. The demand for incorporating Bhadrachalam sub-division with residuary Andhra Pradesh was also rejected.Hyderabad will be the joint capital of both Telangana and Seemandhra for the next 10 years. According to sources in the government, the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill cleared by the special meeting of the Cabinet retains the provisions of the draft sent to the Andhra Pradesh legislature in December last year. The state assembly had rejected the draft in January end. The final bill, along with a gist of amendments and suggestions made by the Andhra legislators, may now be placed before Parliament. The bill entrusts the governor, who will handle the charge of both Telangana and Seemandhra for now, with the responsibility of maintaining law and order, internal security and security of vital installations, besides the management and allocation of government buildings in the common capital. The government introduced is looking at the possibility of introducing the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill in the Rajya Sabha. This route will ensure that the bill does not lapse with the expiry of term of the current Lok Sabha. Also, given the fewer MPs from Seemandhra in the Rajya Sabha, as compared to the large contingent representing the region in the Lok Sabha, steering the bill is expected to be less troublesome in the upper House. However, senior home ministry officials had, during the meeting of the group of ministers on Thursday, pointed out that all the earlier state reorganization bills had been introduced in the Lok Sabha, and favoured adherence to this convention. Senior ministers like P Chidambaram nevertheless argued that there was no constitutional or procedural impediment before the government in bringing the bill first in the Rajya Sabha.