Hyderabad should be Union Territory or permanent joint capital: Chiranjeevi


New Delhi: Appearing reconciled to the decision to carve Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh, Congress leader and Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi today said Hyderabad should be made a Union Territory or the permanent joint capital of both the states.
Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, who hails from coastal Andhra region, is not inclined to quit the government as he argues that he can work for addressing the problems of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions by being in "power".
"I feel power is needed to argue on behalf of the people. To get things implemented for them in Seemandhra. If I cannot get things done for them, if I cannot fulfill their aspirations, then I will think of resigning," he told PTI here.
The decision of the Congress earlier this week to create Telangana state has triggered widespread protests, including resignations by at least seven Congress MPs and several MLAs from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.
Four Union Ministers -- Pallam Raju, D Purandeshwari, K Kruparani and J D Seelam -- had offered to resign but were persuaded by the Congress high command against doing it.
Asked about the contentious issue of Hyderabad, Chiranjeevi said, "life revolves around Hyderabad, be it infrastructure, location or what not. It is in the interest of people that either it should be a Union territory or a common capital permanently, not for 10 years."
As per the Congress decision, Hyderabad is to be the common capital of both Andhra and Telangana for 10 years. By this time, a new capital will be identified and developed for Andhra.

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