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KCR writes to Rajnath to transfer AP Bhavan land to Telangana State

Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 07:51 PM
Hyderabad, June 23: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to transfer the entire land presently in the possession of AP Bhavan to the Telangana government as it belonged to the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad.

In a letter to the Union Home Minister on Thursday, the Chief Minister stated, The erstwhile Govenrment of Nizam of Hyderabad obtained a total of 18.18 acres of land in Delhi from Government of India in three bits in 1917, 1928 and 1936 on payment as per the records of the then Foreign and Political Department of Government of India. The Hyderabad House and Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Bhavan are situated in these lands at present. The Government of India later took over Hyderabad House and land in extent of 7.56 acres in Pataudi House and 1.21 acres in Nursing institute was allotted to the then Government of Andhra Pradesh in lieu of this property.

“Therefore, these properties belonged to the then State of Hyderabad under the rule of VI Nizam, which remained a separate State even after the independence of India. It was eventually included in the Union in the year 1948. Incidentally Andhra State did not exist then, as it was carved out of the erstwhile Madras State in October 1953 only, whereas the State of Hyderabad continued to exist as such from 1948 until November, 1956, when ‘Andhra State” was merged with the Telugu speaking areas of Hyderabad Sate to create the State of Andhra Pradesh on November 1, 1956.

“Further, the State of Telagnana was formed on June 2, 2014 which was a case of de-merger rather than the creation of new State, as the part which was added to the erstwhile State of Hyderabad has now been separated again and it is now the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh, which is same and not different from the ‘Andhra State’ as it existed from 1953 to 1956.

“Therefore, the property situated in Delhi, which belonged to the Nizam and subsequently to the Hyderabad State in the Union of India, should also devolve to the State of Telangana and cannot be divided between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This is particularly so in view of the fact that till 1956, there were two States namely Hyderabad and Andhra, who should have been with the ‘Hyderabad State” and the ‘Andhra State’ should have allotted a land for setting up its Bhavan immediately after its separation from the erstwhile State of Madras in October 1953, or else it should have had its share in the ratio of population in the property situated in New Delhi, belonging to the erstwhile State of Madras (now Tamil Nadu)

“Therefore, the entire land presently in possession of AP Bhavan should be transferred to the Government of Telangana, as it belonged to the erstwhile State of Hyderabad. Andhra Pradesh Government may be allotted some other land in Delhi, to set up their State Bhavan and Resident Commissioner’s Office. Since only the buildings at this site were constructed with the common resources of Andhra Pradesh, the Government of Telangana will compensate the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh to the extent of its share in the book value of these buildings in the ratio of population between the two States”.

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