Three Union Ministers from the region called on the GoM on Monday, which is looking into various issues related to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The ministers submitted a 12-page report to the GoM headed by Union Home Minister Sushikumar Shinde. Union Science and Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Minister of State for Transport Sarve Satyanarayana and Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment P Balram Naik explained to the GoM the reasons why a Telangana state should be created.

Making a 30-minute presentation, Jaipal Reddy stressed the need for formation of Telangana state without any conditions. He argued that Hyderabad is an integral part of Telangana and it should be the capital of Telangana state.

Jaipal Reddy said that there was no difference of opinion between government employees of Telangana and Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) over continuing Article 371 D (which provides certain safeguards to Seemandhra in employment).

He said a tribunal would be adequate for sharing of Krishna river water but there was no need for a tribunal for Godavari water.

Balram Naik told the GoM that Bhadrachalam division of Khammam district had been a part of Telangana and it should be included in Telangana state. He pointed out that people in the temple town had been agitating against merger with Seemandhra.


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