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    The Centre on Thursday evening took the first significant step towards creation of a separate Telangana state from out of Andhra Pradesh and decided that Hyderabad will be the joint capital of the two states for 10 years.

    Over two months after the Congress Working Committee put its seal of approval, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the Home Ministry for creation of the 29th state and decided to set up a Group of Ministers to work out modalities.
    "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 bifucated 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 GoM 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.
    The new state will have a geographical area of 10 of the 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
    Thursday's decision brings to fruition the announcement made by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram on December 9, 2009 for creation of Telangana.
    Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet’s surprise move to take up the Telangana note for consideration has inflamed the passions of people in Seema-Andhra regions and several organisations have called for a 72-hour strike in 13 districts of two regions from Friday.
    An angry YSR Congress President Jaganmohan Reddy has also joined the call for a 72 hour strike in Seema-andhra regions to protest against the decision of the Union Cabinet to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
    "How dare they take this decision?" he asked.
    Jagan blamed his bete noire Telugu Desam Party Pesident N Chandrababu Naidu for the bifurcation of the state.
    "We had asked him time and again to withdraw his letter to the centre supporting the idea of bifurcation, but he did not listen," Jaganmohan Reddy said.
    Party sources said that Jaganmohan Reddy was likely to again go on an indefinite fast. He had undertaken a similar fast while in jail but was forcibly asked to break his fast after six days.
    The United Andhra Pradesh Protection Committee, Vishalandhra Mahasabha, United Andhra Pradesh joint Action Committee, student unions and Road Transport Corporation employees’ JAC were among the organisations who called for the general strike.
    In view of the heightening tension, the state government has put the security forces on alert. Director General of Police B Prasad Rao held a video conference with the commissioners of Vijaywada and Visakhapatanam cities, SPs of 13 districts and inspector generals of different regions to discuss the situation
    The decision to declare an alert was taken after the Union Home ministry sounded a warning to the state government that trouble was likely to break out over Union Cabinet’s decision to go ahead with the bifurcation of the state.
    Protest demonstrations have already broken out at many places and protestors were specially targeting the residences of the union ministers and members of Parliament. Agitators forced the closure of shops and business establishments in Kadapa, Vijaywada and other places.
    In a related development, Union ministers of state Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Pallam Raju, both from Andhra, have reportedly decided to resign from their posts in protest against the Cabinet decision.
    The two ministers had come out of the Cabinet meeting mid way on Thursday evening. They, along with other central ministers from Seema-Andhra, were under tremendous pressure from the protestors to quit.
    Meanwhile, scores of pro-united Andhra activists, including Telugu Desam Party Rajya Sabha MP CM Ramesh, held a protest outside the prime minister's residence in New Delhi on Thursday evening against the move to create a separate Telangana state.
    The demonstration came ahead of the meeting of the Union Cabinet where UPA ministers approved the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
    The Cabinet took the momentous decision despite stiff opposition from within Congress leaders from Seema-andhra region, including Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union Ministers and MPs. Some of them even threatened to quit.
    Ever since the CWC took the decision, there have been agitations against the bifurcation in the Seemandhra region.
    In a bid to assuage feelings in the Seemandhra region, the Congress set up a committee headed by Defence Minister A K Antony to look into the grievances.
    "The Cabinet has approved a Group of Ministers to determine an appropriate mechanism to ensure legal and administrative measures for both the successive states of the government to function from the common capital of Hyderabad for 10 years and to ensure safety and security of the residents of all three regions -- Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana, including guarantees of their fundamental rights.
    "The Cabinet also approved…further sought from the GoM to determine a special financial disbursement that may be required from the central government revenues that would be available to the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh for the formation of new capital and to meet the special needs of backward region of the state," Shinde said.
    The districts that to be part of the new state will be Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Maha****nagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Warangal besides Hyderabad.
    The Cabinet decision was on the lines of the July 30 CWC resolution which said, "It is resolved to request the Central government to take steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate state of Telangana ... within a definite timeframe.
    The CWC had also decided to recommend to the government that Hyderabad be made the joint capital of the newly-proposed state and the other regions--Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra--for a period of 10 years.
    The momentous CWC decision came after hectic consultations, which involved consultations with UPA allies also.
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    Hyderabad national city, not property of any region: S Jaipal Reddy

    HYDERABAD: Hyderabad, the city which is the bone of contention between Telangana and the rest of Andhra Pradesh in the proposed bifurcation of the state, belongs to all Indians and not to any region in particular, Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy said today.

    "Constitutionally, Hyderabad is an Indian city. Like Bengaluru and Chennai, it has now become an international city, if we look at the business angle. For centuries, people from all parts of the country have been staying in Hyderabad," Reddy, the Union Science and Technology Minister, told a press conference here this evening.

    "Hyderabad does not belong to either Telangana or to Seemandhra. It's certainly not Telangana's own property. All Indians constitutionally have an equal right over Hyderabad," he said.

    Jaipal noted that people from Telangana districts like Adilabad, Karimnagar and Nizamabad go to Mumbai looking for employment.

    "People go from Anantapuram to Bengaluru and from Chittoor to Chennai for jobs. Likewise, anyone from anywhere can come to Hyderabad.

    "In fact, more people can come to Hyderabad in the future and not only the current residents," he said.

    "As a former Union Minister for Urban Development, I regret that all development was concentrated only in Hyderabad. That's because urbanisation is slow in India. In fact, we need to develop more cities like Hyderabad.

    "Once Telangana is created, Warangal, too, needs to be developed like Hyderabad," he added.

    As to the sharing of river waters, another contentious issue, Jaipal said that the Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar dams on the Krishna would become inter-state reservoirs following the proposed bifurcation.
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    YSRC chief Jaganmohan Reddy begins stir; to challenge AP division decision in SC










    HYDERABAD: YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday launched an indefinite hunger strike at his residence here protesting the Centre's "arbitrary" decision to divide Andhra Pradesh and said his party would challenge the Union Cabinet's decision in the Supreme Court.

    "We will challenge the Centre's decision (to divide AP) in the Supreme Court," Jagan said at the 'deeksha' camp.

    Noting that there were "legal problems" involved in the state's division, he wondered how the Centre could find solutions in six weeks.

    "We are opposing the unilateral manner in which the Centre is functioning. How can it go ahead with the bifurcation process without a resolution in the state Assembly?" Jagan asked.

    "We have never heard of an instance of state bifurcation without a resolution in the Assembly," he said.

    The Kadapa MP asked why the Centre shouldn't change its decision "when there is so much happening in the state", when it could revoke the ordinance (aimed at protecting convicted lawmakers) on the intervention of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

    This is the second time that Jagan is undertaking an indefinite fast on the issue.

    Last month, he went on an indefinite hunger-strike in the Chanchalguda Jail, where he was lodged as an undertrial in an alleged disproportionate assets case against him, but it was foiled on the fifth day.

    Following the Union Cabinet's approval of division of the state, Jagan, after being granted bail in the case, re-launched his agitation blaming the Centre and the Congress for going ahead with the bifurcation process without addressing the concerns of "majority of people".

    Scores of YSRC activists gathered at his Lotus Pond residence to greet Jagan as he began the stir at 11.30 AM after paying homage at the bust of his late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

    Party MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and other leaders flanked Jagan on the specially *****ed 'deeksha' platform.
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    Default Congressmen face Seemandhra fury; power crisis looms



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    Stone were also pelted on Vijayanagaram District Collectorate forcing the police to cane-charge the mob. Houses of other ministers Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and Kanna Lakshminarayana were targeted in Nellore and Guntur district.
    In Tadipatri town of Anantapur district, office of Diwakar Travel, owned by senior Congress leader and former minister J C Diwakar Reddy was attacked.
    The normal life remained paralaysed in the entire region as agitators closed the national highways by making pyres of tyres and putting up other road blocks.
    Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh is staring at serious power blackout as employees of power utilities have decided to go on strike from Sunday morning.
    Already several units of thermal power stations in Vijayawada, Nellore and Kadapa have tripped, bringing down the power generation by more than 2000 MW.
    Officials have warned that any further tripping and reduction will affect the power supply to other states too. Some parts of Hyderabad city too went without power during the day.
    Tirupati, which attracts a large number of devotees everyday, wore a deserted look as buses are not plying to the temple town in Chittoor district in view of the ongoing stir by APSRTC employees.


    The second day of the 72-hour-long Seemandhra strike against Telangana state turned out to be more violent and tense as the police had to resort to firing in the air and use of tear gas shells and batons at many places.In an indication of growing and systematic attacks against Congress leaders, houses and businesses of several ministers and other party leaders were targeted.
    After Friday’s series of attacks on the properties of state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana, his family remained under attack on Saturday in Vijayanagaram.

    On Saturday, the mob tried to barge in to his house for second time and his brother Srinivas Rao’s house was also attacked and ransacked.

    Equipments of his cable business were also destroyed. Police used 40 tear gas shells to disperse the mob. But when it did not work, police opened fire in the air.





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    Default Sonia dividing Andhra Pradesh to crown Rahul as PM, Jagan Reddy says

    In a direct attack on Sonia Gandhi, YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday said the Congress chief engineered bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh with the intention of "crowning son Rahul as the Prime Minister" and called upon all parties, including the BJP, to thwart the move.

    "It is Sonia Gandhi who decided to divide the state just to crown her son Rahul Gandhi as the next PM. She did all this with an eye on the votes from Andhra Pradesh. This is nothing but a dictatorial decision and I request every political party including the BJP to come forward and oppose this arbitrary decision taken by the Congress chief," Jagan said as he started his indefinite fast against creation of Telangana. His remarks are important as these could hamper any rapproachment with Congress.

    The YSR Congress chief said the party had not even taken the state assembly into confidence before the Union cabinet cleared the creation of Telangana.

    He even mocked at political rival N Chandrababu Naidu who prepared to launch an anti-Telangana fast in Delhi from Monday, saying he would support his agitation if the TDP chief made his stand clear in favour of a united Andhra. "I cannot understand on what demand Naidu plans to sit on an indefinite fast in Delhi. He should first spell out his stand in favour of a united Andhra before sitting on protest," Jagan said.

    Soon after Jagan stepped out of jail, 16 months after his arrest in disproportionate assets case, Naidu had alleged a "match-fixing" between the Congress and YSR Congress. Jagan, on the other hand, had sent signals that he was keeping his options open till the Lok Sabha polls. He had even a word of praise for Narendra Modi as an administrator, though adding in the same breath that he wanted the BJP's prime ministerial candidate to get all secular parties together.

    The YSR chief said the future of millions of people will be in jeopardy if the state is divided. "From Srikakulam to Chittoor, there is no drinking water. All they have is sea water. All districts depend on rivers Krishna and Godavari. If a new state is formed, our people will be left water-less and job-less," he said.

    Jagan urged all parties to oppose the "arbitrary" decision of the Congress, saying it would have far reaching consequences for the country's unity. "Why can't the Congress grant Bodoland, Gorkhaland, Vidharbha and Haritha Pradesh demands? In fact, for Vidharba and the division of Uttar Pradesh, resolutions have been passed by the respective state assemblies. Instead of looking into these demands, why is the Congress targeting Andhra Pradesh? Is it because it wants votes?" he asked.



    He said his party would move the Supreme Court to challenge the Union cabinet's decision to divide the state. "Our lawyers are working on the cabinet note which will be soon challenged in the apex court," he said.

    A large number of leaders from the Seemandhra region also launched relay hunger strike in Jagan's support. A YSR Congress delegation, led by YS Vijayamma, is to visit New Delhi on Monday to meet President Pranab Mukherjee and floor leaders of the national parties.
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