CWC clears Telangana state formation

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 18:40 hrs

New Delhi/Hyderabad, July 30 (IBNS): India is all set to get its 29th state with the Congress Working Committee (CWC) passing the resolution on the formation of a separate state of Telangana on Tuesday.

Hyderabad city will be the common capital for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for 10 years.

"Resolution has been passed in CWC for the formation of separate state of Telangana..It is resolved to request the Central government to form the separate state," Congress leader Ajay Maken said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

"Hyderabad will be the common capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for 10 years," he said.

The decision was passed after a wide range of consultation first by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Coordination Committee and then by the CWC.

This decision was taken even as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the party spearheading the movement for a separate Telanagana state, opposed strongly the idea of having Hyderabad as the shared capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state, reports said.

"The CWC acknowledges that the decision to form the separate Telangana state has not been an easy one," Maken said.

Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said the decision was taken following wide consultations.

"Formation of Telangana has not been an easy decision. We have taken this decision after wildest possible consultations," Singh said.

"The Government of India will now refer the issue to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for an appropriate resolution on it," he said.

Singh said the decision to give a green signal for the formation of the 29th Indian state was not ´political´.

The UPA on the same day unanimously endorsed the proposal to create a separate Telangana state during the crucial meet of the UPA Coordination Committee in New Delhi.

"In the meeting, a unanimous decision was taken in favour of forming Telangana," Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told reporters after the meeting.

Protests have long rocked Andhra Pradesh for a separate Telangana state exerting pressure on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre to expedite the bifurcation of the state, carving out the Telangana region with AP's current capital Hyderabad as its main city.

The Telangana region, which merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956 against the wishes of many local residents, comprises 10 districts - Adilabad, Hyderabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.

As the movement to divide the state gained momentum, politicians from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions wanted the state of 85 million people to remain unified, and especially opposing the tearing out the IT hub Hyderabad that would affect the state's economy.

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