New Delhi/ Hyderabad: All eyes are on
two crucial meetings in Delhi scheduled Tuesday evening, which are likely
to decide the future of Andhra Pradesh.
Alliance (UPA) coordination panel will be meeting at 4 p.m. and this will
be followed by the meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC) at 5.30
p.m. amid strong indications that the Congress has made up its mind to
carve out Telangana state.
A formal announcement to meet nearly
six-decade-old demand for Telangana state is likely to be announced after
the two meetings, Congress sources said.
If the party leaders
from Telangana are to be believed, their region is all set to become 29th
state of the country. They believe it will be the same state, which
existed as Hyderabad State before its merger with then Andhra State in
"Everything will be settled today (Tuesday). We are 100
percent positive. Telangana is going to be a reality with Hyderabad as its
capital," Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha told reporters
before leaving for Delhi Tuesday morning.
Telangana state will
comprise 10 districts with Hyderabad as its capital, said D.K. Aruna, a
minister from Telangana.
The Congress leadership has reportedly
dropped the proposal for Rayala-Telangana, comprising Rayalaseema and
Telangana in view of strong opposition from leaders of both the regions.
It is also understood to have given up the idea of union territory status
to Hyderabad due to reservations by Telangana leaders.
state comprising Rayalaseema and Andhra regions is likely to retain the
name Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is likely to be made joint capital of both
the states for few years till Andhra Pradesh develops its own capital.
Andhra has nine districts and Rayalaseema region four districts. The
Congress leadership has directed Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, his
deputy Rajanarasimha and state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana to be
available in the national capital for consultations before CWC meeting.
Congress party is likely to inform UPA coordination panel of its decision
to carve out Telangana. The CWC will then meet to take a final decision.
union cabinet, which is likely to meet Aug 1, will decide on tabling a
bill in parliament for formation of new state. The bill may be tabled in
the monsoon session of the parliament beginning Aug 5.