The Group of Ministers (GoM) on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday began meeting representatives of political parties from the state.

Majlis-e-Ittehedul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi was the first to meet GoM members to present his views on issues related to bifurcation and formation of separate Telangana state.

This was followed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president G. Kishan Reddy and another party leader K. Haribabu making their presentation before the panel. Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary K. Narayana and Jalli Wilson also met GoM. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy heard the views of the representatives of the two parties.

Each party got 20 minutes to make their presentations. The ministers also sought clarifications with regard to some issues. The GoM later in the day would hear leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Congress. The five parties had submitted their reports to GoM on its terms of reference. The ministerial group has invited Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress party and Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday. The three parties had not submitted their reports to the GoM.

Owaisi, a member of parliament from Hyderabad, told reporters that Hyderabad as common capital or union territory was not acceptable to his party. He demanded that a part of Hyderabad be made an interim capital of the two states with a clear timeframe to develop a new capital of Seemandhra. The MIM chief submitted a supplementary memorandum to GoM.IANS