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Centre clarifies on Telangana but Chief Minister does not yield

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 7:05am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The union home ministry on Monday rejected Telangana chief minister K C Rao claims that the Centre has attacked the federal structure of the constitution by granting special powers of maintaining law and order to governor E S L Narsimhan that should be vested in the state government.

Claiming that the Central government is infringing upon the rights of the newly formed Telangana state, chief minister Rao had on Sunday warned of a stir by calling meeting of chief ministers.

On Friday, the union home ministry had addressed a letter to the chief secretary, directing him to implement various norms to transfer powers of maintaining law and order in Hyderabad to the governor.

Responding to the strong objections raised by TRS MPs in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha against Centre's alleged move, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre has only issued an advisory to Telangana government over the Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act – 2014 wherein the governor has been assigned the responsibility to protect residents of common capital of Hyderabad.

But the row is not likely to subside as in response, Rao has shot a letter to the prime minister on Monday asking him to tell the union home ministry to rescind the letter immediately as it is against the constitutional norms.

Reading out the excerpts of Section 8 of the Act Singh said, "The governor would consult the council of ministers of Telangana although his judgement on the action to be taken would be final."

This is a provision of the Act and the Centre is not doing anything unconstitutional, he clarified in both the Houses.

However, KCR letter says that the norms prescribed are intrusive and pointed out that according to the constitution, the governor has to act on the advice of the council of ministers.

Apparently aware of the letter, Singh added in the parliament that the Centre understands the sensitivity of relationship between the Centre and States and it would maintain cordial relations with all the States in the country and has issued only a simple advisory to Telangana government.

Incidentally, the Act whose section 8 that gives special power to Governor was prepared by the additional secretary Rajeev Sharma who now has been asked to take the issue upfront with the Centre.

A para in Section 8 of the Act, however, reads, "The responsibility of the Governor shall extend to matters such as law and order, internal security and security of vital installations and management and allocation of government buildings in the common capital area."

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