Telangana Union Ministers on Monday made a strong case before the GoM on the imperative need for formation of a Telangana State with ten districts and Hyderabad as its capital without any strings attached.
As part of its consultation exercise in the process of Telangana state formation, the Group of Ministers ( GoM ) held its final round of talks with the three union ministers from the Telangana region in the union cabinet.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde presided over the meeting in which the other members present were P. Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and Narayanswamy. The other two members A.K. Antony and Ghulam Nabi Azad did not attend the meeting. The three union ministers from Telangana S.Jaipal Reddy, Sarve Satyanarayana and Balram Nayak first submitted a detailed note to the GoM on their views and suggestions pertaining to the 11-point terms of reference put forth to them. Later all the three minister individually presented their views on the issue.
Speaking to the media after their 45-minuite discussion, Jaipal Reddy said that they had made it clear to the GoM that only a Telangana State with 10 districts and Hyderabad as its capital would be acceptable to the people of the region. They had vehemently opposed any deviations in this regard.
The Telangana Union Ministers had firmly opposed any move to merge Bhadrachalam division with Seemandhra region. They pointed out that Bhadrachalam was part of Khammam district and hence belonged to the Telangana region. Therefore any attempt to club Bhadrachalam with Seemandhra would not be acceptable, they made it clear to the GoM.
As regards Hyderabad, the Telangana ministers had said that only its revenue division should be treated as a joint capital for 10 years and not the HMDA limits.