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Telangana to be formed by early 2014?
Highly-placed sources have said the Congress Working Committee, meeting tomorrow, will endorse the decision to go ahead with a separate Telangana state. The process of creation of the new state will take at least a year and is expected to be completed by early 2014, sources said.
The Working Committee of the Congress - the party's top decision-making body - in its meeting tomorrow is expected to endorse the decision to go ahead with a separate Telangana state. Andhra Pradesh has three main regions - Telangana, Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
The process of the creation of a new state is expected to take almost a year with the process involving the Union Cabinet, the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and the various stakeholders in the state's three regions.
No final decision has been taken to include the two Rayalaseema districts - Anantapur and Kurnool in the new state.
There is little possibility of Hyderabad becoming a Union Territory.
But the creation of a Telangana state could be politically expeditious for the Congress, which will ask voters for a third shot at running the country in national elections due by May.
The problem for the Congress is that its leaders from non-Telangana areas say that voters will not forgive them if Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated. Three state legislators from the Congress have resigned because they say they want Andhra Pradesh to "remain united." They have been followed by another 16 from the YSR Congress, which is headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Andhra Pradesh has 42 Lok Sabha seats. The Centre reportedly wants to move two districts from Rayalaseema to Telangana. This will divide the seats equally between the new state and the old, and also check the growing popularity of Jagan Mohan Reddy and the YSR Congress. Mr Reddy's stronghold lies in Rayalaseema. By carving it up, the Congress hopes to divide his supporters.
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