Notwithstanding opposition from within Congress and outside, the Union Cabinet today cleared the Telangana Bill which will be introduced in Parliament on February 12.
The controversial bill will be presented in the Rajya Sabha in the present form and the government will move 32 amendments when it is taken up for consideration.
The proposed legislation does not provide for grant of Union Territory status to Hyderabad despite demands but the government will announce a special package for RayalaseemaBSE 1.70 % and north coastal Andhra to address concerns of the people there.
The Cabinet cleared the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill after a special marathon meeting which was followed by a meeting of the Congress Core Group headed by party President Sonia Gandhi. AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, who is in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, was a special invite at the meeting.
At the Cabinet meeting, NCP chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who had earlier made a strong pitch for Telangana, questioned whether the law and order powers being given to Governor are according to the Constitution.