The Union Cabinet on Thursday evening cleared the parliamentary bill for the formation of Telangana State with 10 districts. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that Hyderabad will be the common capital for both the states, but for a period not exceeding 10 years.
It has been decided that both the states will be given special status under Article 371-D of Constitution for equitable opportunities. The decision was also taken to go ahead with a 10-district Telangana rather than 'Rayal Telangana' with 12 districts.
The Bill will be introduced in the Cabinet shortly. The Cabinet is likely to meet in the evening and clear the formation. The GOM in it's meeting also raised the issue related to the distribution of assets, sharing of water, demarcation of boundaries etc.
As the government cleared the road for the formation of a new state of Telangana, two key politicians called for a strike to protest against the division of Andhra Pradesh. YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telugu Desam party's Chandra Babu Naidu have called for 'Bandh' in coastal Andhra regions, where politicians are strongly opposing the state's bifurcation.
Earlier K.Chandrashekar Rao, who is leading the campaign for Telangana state made it clear with a massive 'Bandh' on Thursday stating that the area would not accept any additional states. The Telangana bill has been sent to Pranab Mukherjee, after which it will be introduced in the parliament.