Approval of Union Cabinet for statehood may be delayed

The Union Cabinet approval for creation of Telangana is likely to be delayed as the Home Ministry is yet to finalise the note.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has not yet given a go-ahead to the draft prepared for presentation before the Cabinet, sources said.

Shinde is waiting for the recommendations of the high-level committee headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, which is hearing the concerns of all stakeholders in the wake of the Congress Working Committee’s decision on Telangana, they added.

The Home Minister is also expected to place the draft before Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for “political clearance”.

After finalisation, the draft will be sent to the Law Ministry for legal vetting before being presented to the Cabinet.

The Cabinet, after giving its approval to the creation of Telangana, is expected to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to go threadbare into the issues arising out of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

That is likely to be followed by a resolution being sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly regarding the formation of the new State. After formation, Telangana will be the 29th State of India. The CWC, which met on July 30, passed a resolution requesting the Centre “to take steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate State of Telangana...within a definite timeframe”. — PTI

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