Seemandhra Ministers have already petitioned the GoM and the Prime Minister, seeking a fair deal to the region in the event of bifurcation

The Group of Ministers (GoM) on bifurcation has rescheduled its meeting with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to November 18 after a plea by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tiwari.

Mr. Reddy was scheduled to meet the GoM on Thursday night as part of its ongoing consultations with political parties, secretaries of various Central Ministries and Union Ministers from Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Tiwari informed Union Home Minister S. K. Shinde that Mr. Reddy would inaugurate the Children’s film festival and as such would be unable to meet the GoM. Accordingly, Mr. Shinde rescheduled the meeting to November 18 at 12.30 pm.

The GoM is expected to wind up its consultations on November 18 after interacting with Union Ministers from Andhra Pradesh. Seemandhra Ministers have already petitioned the GoM and the Prime Minister seeking a fair deal to the region in the event of bifurcation.

UT status sought

They have demanded Union Territory status for Hyderabad and attractive financial package for the region to develop new capital, among other things.

Speculation that the Centre was mulling the idea of placing safety, security, law and order and protection of properties pertaining to Hyderabad under the control of a central authority, most probably the Governor, has annoyed Telangana leaders.

Union Ministers from the region are likely to take up the issue with GoM on November 18.