HYDERABAD: The major hurdle that the Group of Ministers (GoM) on formation of Telangana state faced was with regard to determining the 'status' of Hyderabad as common capital for the state of Telangana and the residuary state for 10 years consequent to contemplated bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The GoM was also tasked to suggest "legal and administrative measures required to ensure that both the state governments can function efficiently" from Hyderabad as the common capital during this 10-year period.
The GoM had to contend with not only the demands and pressures of Seemandhra leaders but also the concerns and apprehensions of their Telangana counterparts on the status envisaged for Hyderabad as common capital. Though Union Territory status for Hyderabad, albeit for a limited time-frame, has reportedly been ruled out by the GoM, the proposal for Central control over law and order in Hyderabad on the lines of Delhi or Arunachal Pradesh is being actively pursued.
Various options being considered to bring law & order under Central control in Hyderabad seek to vest the subject in the Governor by incorporating in the AP Reorganisation Bill special provisions similar to Articles 239 AA (Special provisions with respect to Delhi), Article 258 A (Powers of States to entrust functions to the Union) or Article 371 H (Special provisions with respect to the State of Arunachal Pradesh) of the Constitution.