Vest Hyd law & order in Telangana State: Deputy CM
Vest Hyd Law & Order in T State: Deputy CM, GoM Meet on Telangana Issue. The GoM on Telangana on Monday held meetings with five political parties –Congress, TRS, MIM, BJP and the CPI – and will continue the exercise on Wednesday.
- Cong deputes Damodara Rajanarasimha, Vatti Vasanth Kumar to GoM
- Vatti argues against bifurcation, warns Seemandhra will suffer terribly
The GoM on Telangana on Monday held meetings with five political parties –Congress, TRS, MIM, BJP and the CPI – and will continue the exercise on Wednesday.
Following his meeting with the GoM on behalf of the Congress, Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha asserted that Telangana would be a reality by January 1.
The Telangana Bill, he said, would be sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly by November-end and it would go to Parliament in Winter Session.
For the first time all the Ministers in the GoM, including Defence Minister A K Antony and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, attended the meeting. Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad, who was present in the morning session, was not there in the evening session as he had to go out of the capital. The YSRCP representatives will meet the GoM members on Wednesday. The GoM is considering the meetings as an important exercise of interacting with the political parties. It is eliciting their views on the process of bifurcation.
The Congress deputed two representatives – Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha to represent Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Tourism Minister Vatti Vasant Kumar to represent Seemandhra region.
Rajanarasimha said the Hyderabad revenue district should be the limit for the proposed joint capital, and not the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) or the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits. He also opposed the idea of the Centre’s taking over the law and order of Hyderabad from Telangana State.
He desired that the duration of the common capital be reduced from 10 years to five years. The Deputy Chief Minister also strongly opposed the move to make Bhadrachalam a part of Seemandhra.
Bhadrachalam is and should continue to remain a part of Telangana, he said. If Bhadrachalam is given away to Seemandhra region, then all the lift irrigation projects on River Godavari will become inter-State projects, he contended.
There should also not be any regulatory authority for Krishna and Godavarai rivers. Since Telangana is likely to suffer a shortage of 1700 MW of power, he urged the GoM to allocate 1000 MW immediately to Telangana. He favoured the continuance of Article 371 (D), which was meant solely for Telangana region. On the issue of finances, the Deputy Chief Minister requested the GoM to allow the Telangana region to represent to the 14th Finance Commission. Otherwise, the region will stand to lose in a big way.
Vatti Vasant Kumar argued that the decisions of the CWC and the Union Cabinet on bifurcation of AP entailed serious problems for Seemandhra region.
He urged the Congress High Command and the Centre to rethink and reconsider the decision and to keep AP united, to avert a serious situation from developing.
16 Sep 2019 3:51 AM GMT