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Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in favour of Telangana Territorial Council, say sources


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN-IBN
Feb 05, 2013 at 12:27pm IST

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New Delhi: Andhra Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has met the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, even as speculation is rife that the UPA government is mulling setting up of Telangana Territorial Council along the lines of the Bodo Territorial Council pact to solve the Telangana statehood issue.

Shinde is in favour of the Telangana Territorial Council as a solution to the impasse, sources said. However, the body will not have a control over the law and order machinery and that power will still reside with Andhra Pradesh government.

The Telangana Territorial Council will have its own elected executive members for a term of 5 years. If the Telangana Council is along the lines of the Bodo Council, the body will have numerous powers including control over development funds.

The final decision may soon be taken at a Congress core group meeting. The government had missed the "deadline" of January 28 and sought more "time and discussions" to arrive at a solution.

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