Telangana to be India's 29th state, Hyderabad the joint capital
New Delhi/Hyderabad: Telangana is all set to become India's 29th state as the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday urged the government to take constitutional steps in this regard.
The new state will comprise of 10 districts including Hyderabad, which will be the common capital for 10 years, during which period the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh will build its own capital.
The CWC, the highest decision making body of the Congress, passed a resolution after the United Progressive Alliance's coordination committee endorsed statehood for Telangana earlier in the day.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said the new state will come into being in four to five months.
Congress spokesman Ajay Maken said the CWC meeting was presided over by party president Sonia Gandhi and attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh among others. Both strongly pitched for Telangana.
Reacting on the rumours that Congress may name Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani as its candidate for Prime Minister, JD(U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said the move could be suicidal for the party.
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