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Asad Owaisi demands Greater Telangana with Hyderabad as unconditional capital
Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:19 PM, IANS

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has demanded the formation of a Greater Telangana state by clubbing two districts of Rayalaseema with the proposed state and Hyderabad as its unconditional capital.

The party has urged the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted by the centre over bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, to form separate Greater Telangana state comprising 10 districts of Telangana and Anantapur and Kunrool districts of Rayalaseema.

Ruling out any compromise on Hyderabad as the capital of the new state, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also opposed the proposal for central control over law and order and other matters in Hyderabad.

He told reporters here Wednesday that Hyderabad should be unconditional capital of Telangana state.

"We would like to make clear that the proposal for common capital status to Hyderabad is unacceptable to us," the Hyderabad MP said.

"We don't want union status or central rule for Hyderabad. There is no question of allowing central control over law and order, municipal administration, revenue, land administration, higher education and medicare in Hyderabad. Such a proposition would adversely impact Hyderabad," he wrote to GoM.

"At best within the city of Hyderabad, Khairatabad mandal can be designated as a common area to serve as temporary working capital for the residuary state," it added.

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