It will be 29th state com­pris­ing 10 dis­tricts

The Political and Business Daily - - NATION -

TE­LAN­GANA will be the 29th state of In­dia com­pris­ing 10 dis­tricts with plenty of wa­ter and some other nat­u­ral re­sources in a back­ward re­gion lack­ing de­vel­op­ment that was at the heart of the sep­a­rate state de­mand.

As and when the state is formed, the jewel in the crown will al­ways be the city of Hyderabad, which may for some time, at least 10 years to start with, be the joint cap­i­tal for the rest of Andhra.

With a pop­u­la­tion of over 3.5 crore, the new state com­pris­ing mostly the ar­eas of the prin­cel Nizam state will have 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assem­bly seats.

When it joins the In­dian Union, peo­ple of the re­gion would hope that the new iden­tity would help them over­come the chal­lenges of poverty and back­ward­ness which were at the roots of the sep­a­rate state move­ment.

The de­mand for a sep­a­rate iden­tity for Te­lan­gana is vir­tu­ally as old as the state of Andhra Pradesh, which came into ex­is­tence in Novem­ber 1956 through the States Re­or­gan­i­sa­tion Act.

The Andhra Pradesh govern­ment web­site says: "Te­lan­gana ag­i­ta­tion was started by the peo­ple of the re­gion when they felt that Andhra lead­ers had flouted the Gen­tle­men's Agree­ment which fa­cili- tated the for­ma­tion of Andhra Pradesh.

"In the be­gin­ning, the move­ment de­manded the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the safe­guards agreed upon ear­lier, but later it wanted the sep­a­ra­tion of Te­lan­gana from Andhra Pradesh."

That the seat of govern­ment in Hyderabad has per­sis­tently ig­nored the needs of Te­lan­gana at the ex­pense of the other re­gions of the state has been a con­stant grouse of the ad­vo­cates of sep­a­rate state­hood.

The new Te­lan­gana state would com­prise the 10 dis­tricts of Hyderabad, Medak, Adilabad, Kham­mam, Karim­na­gar, Mah­bub­na­gar, Nal­go­nda, Nizam­abad, Ran­gareddy and Waran­gal.

PM Man­mo­han Singh and UPA chair­per­son So­nia Gandhi with other lead­ers dur­ing the CWC meet­ing on Te­lan­gana at 10 Jan­path in New Delhi on Tues­day. — PTI photo

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