As per the Bill, Hyderabad will be the joint capital for Telangana and Seemandhra for a decade. There is no major change in the original Telangana draft. According to an Economic Times report, the Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 12.
Demand of Seemandhra leaders to make Hyderabad a Union Territory has been reject
The demand of Seemandhra leaders to make Hyderabad a Union Territory has been rejected.
This comes as a major setback to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who has told CNN-IBN that he would quit politics for united Andhra. There are reports that Congress may ask Reddy to step down.
Reportedly, the party is upset over Reddy's dharna against Andhra's bifurcation in New Delhi. Reddy had also met President Pranab Mukherjee requesting that the state remained united.
Reddy has even held protests in Delhi over the Telangana Bill. However, the Congress is adamant that it will pass the Bill.
Parliament was adjourned earlier on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday over the same issue after three no confidence motions were moved against the UPA government.
SC dismisses 9 petitions
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed nine petitions challenging the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
The bench referred to its earlier order of November 18, 2013 when it had said that it was premature at that time to entertain any petition relating to the opposition to the bifurcation of the state.
"We do not see any change in the stage between November 18, 2013 and today. So we decline to interfere at this stage," the bench said.
(With PTI inputs)