Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is contemplating to go on a fast in New Delhi to protest against the implementation of Section 8 of A.P. Reorganisation Act.
The Chief Minister is said to have been displeased by the reports coming in of Attorney General Mukul Rahtogi opining Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has powers to invoke section 8 on law and order in Hyderabad.
Questioning whether the Centre could take away the law and order powers of a duly elected Government in a federal system, he was quoted telling to the officials in a meeting along with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma that he would not keep quiet if Centre takes such a decision and would build a national movement over the issue by seeking support of all the Chief Ministers in the country.
He met the Governor ESL Narasimhan and reportedly conveyed his strong protest against any such attempts and made it clear that Telangana government would not accept such a proposal.
As the alleged phone tapping row is escalating in both the states, Governor Narasimhan has been advised to resolve the cash for vote scam by Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi who pointed out the Governor has special powers to maintain law and order in Hyderabad under Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.
The AG said that the police of both the states should be summoned by the Governor to monitor the investigation in the case. The Governor had asked the AG's advice on resolving the crisis when he had recently called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, the AG stated his opinion that as Hyderabad is the shared capital of both Telangana and AP, the Governor can monitor the probe as two different police forces have jurisdiction in the city.
Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014 states that the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in the common capital area for the purposes of administration and the Governor's responsibility shall extend to internal security, security of vital installations, management and allocation of government buildings, law and order.
Andhra Pradesh government has been demanding that governor should exercise his powers in Hyderabad under Section 8.