Union Cabinet to clear Telangana bill today

A special meeting of the Union Cabinet is being held today for considering the Telangana bill amid expectations that it will be brought in Parliament next week.

“A special meeting of the Union Cabinet is being held on Friday to consider the Telangana bill”, Government sources said.

The decision for convening a Cabinet meeting on Telangana was taken after a meeting of the Group of Ministers on the vexed issue.

The GoM deliberated on various issues concerning bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

In a last-ditch effort to prevent Hyderabad from being a part of Telangana, Union ministers of Seemandhra region had yesterday urged the ministerial panel to make the city a Union Territory and divide its revenue among Telangana and residuary Andhra Pradesh.

They had also demanded that the Bhadrachalam sub-division in the state should be incorporated into Seemandhra region as this is the submerged area of Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project, which will be part of residuary Andhra Pradesh.

While BJP has declared that its support to the Telangana bill was “full and final”, talk in the opposition camp is that the Congress-led coalition may table it in the Rajya Sabha where it expects to ensure relatively smooth passage to make a point.


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