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TRS rules out accepting Hyderabad as Union Territory or joint capital

August 04, 2013 19:45 IST

Telangana Rashtra Samithi President K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday voiced his opposition to any proposal making Hyderabad a permanent joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh or a Union Territory. He said the administration of Hyderabad should be run by the Telangana government.

"TRS would have no objection if the new Andhra Pradesh government runs its administration from Hyderabad till a capital with necessary infrastructure is built, but the administration of Hyderabad should be run by the Telangana government," he said.

The TRS president was speaking at a meet the press programme organised by the Telangana Journalists Forum.

While giving its nod to the creation of Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh last week, the Congress working committee has proposed that Hyderabad will be the joint capital of the newly proposed state and the other regions -- Rayalaseema and Andhra -- for a period of 10 years.

With no major city in the Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions having the necessary infrastructure to be the capital of the new Andhra Pradesh state, some leaders from the two regions have favoured making Hyderabad a UT or permanent capital of the two states.

KCR also denied having made remarks that employees from Andhra have no option but to go back to their native region post-bifurcation that caused a furore. "Who asked you to go? You will do your administration. You run (administration) for 10 years (as said by Congress). You retire here and buy a flat and be here. We have no objection. We never curse people. We only curse people who curse people," he said. He, however, alleged that Telangana has suffered a lot in terms of jobs, availability of water among other things in a united Andhra Pradesh.

The TRS president also said that red carpet welcome would be extended to those who wish to make investments in Telangana. "The Telugu film industry, based in Hyderabad, would also be encouraged to grow," he said.

Rao also said that he would like to see a Dalit leader as the chief minister of Telangana if TRS gets majority and that he would like to head a "state advisory commission". The passage of the Telangana bill is important before taking a call on the possible merger of TRS with the Congress, he added.

About the development of Telangana after the formation of separate state, the TRS chief said he would "like to see smiles on the faces of all".

Image: A TRS supporter celebrates after the announcement of a separate Telangana 

Photograph: SnapsIndia

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