Even as the Central government is moving forward to quickly complete the process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, suspense continues to reign supreme as to whether it would be a 10-district Telangana or a 12-district Rayala-Telangana State.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde would be meeting for the last time on Tuesday evening to deliberate and approve its report based on the series of consultations at the administrative and political levels on crucial issues. Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, who was entrusted with the task of preparing the report, had completed his task.
The 69-page report prepared by Jairam Ramesh would be placed before the seven-member GoM at its meeting later in the evening and is expected to be approved. While the report contained solutions to resolve some important and critical issues that might crop up after bifurcation of the State, it seemed to have remained silent on the crucial issue regarding the status of Hyderabad. Besides, the report also seems to have preferred to be mum on the latest proposal under circulation about Rayala-Telangana.
Informed sources indicated that the GoM, while approving the report prepared by Jairam Ramesh might leave the final decision with regard to the status of Hyderabad and Rayala-Telangana to the Union Cabinet. As a matter of fact, the suspense as to when the Union Cabinet would meet has been cleared with the Centre fixing December 5 as the date on which the meeting would take place.
Besides approving the GoM report, the Union Cabinet is also expected to take a final decision regarding Hyderabad status and whether it would a Telangana State or a Rayala-Telangana State and accordingly prepare a draft Bill. However, uncertainty continued regarding the T Bill coming up in Parliament before December 20, when the winter session would conclude. After the Union Cabinet approves the GoM report and the draft Bill is prepared it would be sent to the President of India, who in turn, would refer it to the State Assembly for its opinion. Thus, there is every possibility of the opinion of the State Assembly might not reach in time for placing the T Bill in Parliament. However, under such an eventuality, Centre seems to be considering to even hold a special session of Parliament for the specific purpose of passing the T Bill.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministers from Seemandhra are planning to meet the GoM before it sits down to take a final decision on the T report. The Seemandhra ministers are understood to be planning to make a last-minute effort to convince the GoM to at least make Hyderabad as a separate State for a specific period.