Tourism Minister resigns over decision to create Telangana as 29th state


India’s Cabinet agreed yesterday to create a new state, the 29th state, in the district of Telangana which is part of the current south eastern state of Andhra Pradesh.

As a result of the decision the Minister of Tourism, K. Chiranjeevi is reported to have submitted his resignation. Chiranjeevi established the Praja Rajyam Party in 2008 in Andhra Pradesh before merging it into the Indian National Congress (INC) in 2011. He has always opposed the creation of a new state in Telangana.

On 30th July this year the INC had decided to request the formation of the Telangana state but heated arguments both for and against the creation of the state had delayed the decision.

Telangana was merged with the Andhra State to create Andhra Pradesh on 1st November 1956 as part of the recommendations of the States Reorganisation Commission (SRC). The new state will have a population of just over 32 million.

The press release announcing the creation of the new state as published on the Press Information Bureau website is as follows:

“Creation of a new state of Telangana by bifurcating the existing State of Andhra Pradesh

The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of a new State of Telangana by bifurcating the existing State of Andhra Pradesh.

1. The city of Hyderabad will function as the common capital for both the States for a period of ten years. The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents of all the regions of the State including the guarantee of the Fundamental Rights.

2. The Union Cabinet further approved that the GoM will go into the various issues which concern both the States and suggest appropriate measures to address them.

3. The GoM will also work out the modalities for the provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States”.

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