The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appears to have hardened its stand on the issue of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and has begun talking about shifting of core administrative functions out of the existing Secretariat complex to other premises in the city. It has also asked the Centre to relax all-India services rules to allow officers of Telangana nativity working elsewhere to come and work in the new State.

In the party’s response to the terms of reference of the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up on the issue, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao said the core administration of the residuary A.P. could conveniently function from a set of “decent, dignified and spacious outfits located in close proximity within Hyderabad city”. In effect, he made it clear that Telangana State, with Hyderabad as its permanent capital, would function from the existing facility by occupying it completely.

Though the TRS said it would enthuse public servants of residuary Andhra Pradesh and would be convenient for the five crore people to have their government functioning in their midst, those from Seemandhra are viewing it as a threat being held out by the Telangana party.

On the law and order front, the party wanted the Centre to keep overall policing of Telangana including Hyderabad with the new State, pointing out that the Centre did not take over any part of the administration, on the grounds of safety and security while creating 28 States or when there was stress between the Andhras and Tamils in 1953 and between Marathas and Gujaratis in 1960.