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Not encroaching upon Telangana Govt’s powers: Home Minister

PTI New Delhi | Updated on August 21, 2014 Published on August 21, 2014

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today dispelled apprehensions that the Central Government was trying to encroach upon the powers of Telangana Government in law and order issues, saying it was only implementing the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

Meeting a delegation of MPs of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Singh asserted that the Centre would not do anything that would hurt the federal structure of the country.

“We are not encroaching the powers of the Chief Minister. We are only implementing the AP Reorganisation Act. We are strictly going by the Act,” Singh told reporters here after the meeting.

TRS MP K Kavitha said that the Home Minister assured the delegation that the Central Government would not hurt the federal structure of the country.

“It was a very positive meeting, very fruitful meeting,” she said.

The Telangana Government has been protesting against the alleged overwhelming powers given to the state Governor in law and order issues in Hyderabad, which has become the common capital of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Kavitha said Hyderabad is not a shared capital but the capital of Telangana, so the powers of law and order should be vested with the State Government like in any other state.

“Providing power to the Governor is an issue. The Home Minister has been sympathetic to the cause of Telangana,” she said.

Published on August 21, 2014
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