No special powers for Guv
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday dispelled apprehensions that the central government was trying to encroach upon the powers of Telangana government in matters of law and order, saying it was only implementing the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
Rajnath assures delegation of TRS MPs
- Centre won’t curtail powers of TS Govt on law & order
- Won’t do anything to hurt the federal structure
- Centre was only implementing the AP Act
- Delegation happy with HM’s assurances
New Delhi/Hyderabad: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday dispelled apprehensions that the central government was trying to encroach upon the powers of Telangana government in matters of law and order, saying it was only implementing the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
Talking to reporters after meeting a delegation of MPs of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Union Home Minister asserted that the Centre would not do anything that would hurt the federal structure of the country. He said he had been among those who had strongly supported the move for a separate Telangana.
The Minister said neither the Centre was encroaching on the powers of the Chief Minister nor intending to do so. “We are only implementing the AP Reorganisation Act. We are strictly going by the Act,” Singh said.
TS government advisor in New Delhi S Venugopalachari exuded confidence that the issue of special powers to Governor would now be a closed issue. Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha said she was happy with the outcome. Rajnath Singh responded positively to the plea to keep powers of the state intact, she added.
The delegation earlier submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister expressing their apprehensions about curtailing the powers of the state government and explained what the AP Reorganisation Bill says about the powers of the Governor. They contended that as per the Act the Governor would have a special role only if there was special situation like hate violence or any such activity. Even in such cases, he had to act as per the advice of both the governments and his decision would be final and binding on both the governments. But he pointed out that ever since the state got bifurcated there had not been a single incident of violence. In fact, no incident of violence was witnessed even when TRS ran the agitation for over a decade, TRS MPs pointed out.