Z News reports the cabinet decision to create the 29th state of the country:
“The Cabinet has given its approval for the creation of a new state of Telangana,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters after the meeting that lasted more than two hours.
He said it was decided that Hyderabad will be the common capital of the two bifurcated states for 10 years.
After the creation of the new state, the security and guarantees including fundamental rights of the people of coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana will be ensured, he said.
The Cabinet approved a [Group of Ministers] that will go into the issue of a special financial disbursement that may be required from the central government for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, for building its capital and to cater to special needs of the backward regions.
In the meeting, Ministers M M Pallam Raju and K S Rao voiced their opposition to the move, sources said. They are believed to have said that bifurcation will lead to problems.
The new state will have a geographical area of 10 of the 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh. Out of 42 Lok Sabha seats and 294 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana is likely to have 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assembly seats.
A pro-Telengana web site called Mission Telengana gave an outline of the process required to create the state:
12 STEPS TO STATEHOOD
1. The resolution for the creation of the separate state will be prepared by the Union Home Ministry that will take around 10 days.
2. A Cabinet note will be prepared that will take 30 days.
3. The note will then go to the Group of Ministers (GoMs) that will require 90 days.
4. A Cabinet note will again be firmed-up that will be inclusive of the State Reorganisation Bill and the Recommendation of the GoM, that will again require 15 days.
5. It will go to the Cabinet for its approval that may take 7 days before forwarding it to the President.
6. The President will refer the Bill to the State Legislature for its opinion, which requires about 2 days.
7. The State Assembly and Council will require 30 days for considering the same. The Legislature will vote upon the Bill and send it back to the Centre. Significantly, the views expressed by the State Legislature are not binding on the President or Parliament.
8. The Bill at the Centre will be vetted by the Ministry of Law that takes another 7 days.
9. Accordingly, the Cabinet Note will be prepared in about five days time.
10. Two days will be required for giving notice for the introduction of the Bill.
11. 15 days will be required for the Bill to be passed by both the Houses of Parliament by simple majority, like any other piece of ordinary legislation.
12. President’s Assent, which requires two days.
IBN Live reported about major differences which arose within the government:
Hours after the Cabinet approved the formation of Telangana, Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi on Thursday resigned following the announcement. Chiranjeevi, who hails from coastal Andhra region, protested against the Cabinet’s decision.
Soon after the Cabinet took a decision on the formation of Telangana, protest erupted in the Congress party with Human Resources Development Minister Pallam Raju likely to resign, said sources.
Sources close to Raju said he made the offer to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who, however, asked him to continue.
Scores of anti-Telangana supporters protested outside the Prime Minister’s official residence on Thursday afternoon where the Cabinet meeting was be held.
Holding banners and shouting slogans against the division of the state, the protestors called for ‘Saving Andhra Pradesh’ and tried to enter the Prime Minister’s residence at 7 Race Course Road by breaking through the barricades. Police stopped the protestors and bundled them into police vans before taking them away.
14 ministers and about 50 legislators from Andhra Pradesh’s Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) region also met in Hyderabad to chalk out their strategy. State minister S Sailajanath, who heads the Congress leaders opposing the proposed bifurcation, said after the meeting that they remained committed to ‘samaikyandhra’ (united Andhra).
Out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the undivided state, 17 would go to Telangana state and 25 to residuary Andhra and out of the 18 Rajya Sabha seats in the undivided state, 8 are proposed to be given to Telangana and 10 to rest of Andhra Pradesh. The 294-seat legislative assembly would similarly be split with 119 going to Telangana and 175 to Andhra. The cabinet note, however, does not spell out any proposal for the 90-member legislative council.
BS had reported earlier:
Thousands of people attended a massive public meeting here Sunday to demand the central government to speed up the process for formation of separate Telangana state.
The meeting organized by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) at Nizam College Grounds in the heart of the city urged the central government to take immediate steps to carve out the separate state.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao said separate Telangana state would soon be a reality but warned of another agitation if any hurdles were created.
Making it clear that there will be no compromise on Telangana state comprising 10 districts with Hyderabad as the capital, he asked the people to remain alert and continue their movement with the same spirit till the goal is achieved.