Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao asked that the “entire land presently in possession of AP Bhavan should be transferred to government of Telangana.”
HYDERABAD: The AP Bhavan, popular with who’s who of India’s capital as well as the commoners, especially for its restaurant serving delicious Telugu food, will soon be consigned to history if the Telangana government has its way. In its place, the state government says it wants to build a ‘Telangana Bhavan’ with “adequate facilities including a cultural centre for the people of Telangana living in Delhi.
In a letter to Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao asked that the “entire land presently in possession of AP Bhavan should be transferred to government of Telangana.” The Telangana chief minister said the land on which AP Bhavan is located, belonged to the erstwhile State of Hyderabad and that the Telugu speaking areas of Hyderabad State were merged to create state of Andhra Pradesh on November 1, 1956.
Explaining further, Chandrasekhar Rao reasoned that Telangana was formed on June 2, 2014 which was actually a case of a demerger rather than creation of a 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,” Chandrasekhar Rao said, “the property situated in Delhi, which belonged to the Nizam and subsequently to Hyderabad State in the Union of India, should also devolve to the State of Telangana and cannot be divided between AP and Telangana.”
Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana chief minister said, can be allotted some other land in Delhi to build its state bhavan and resident commissioner’s office.
And since the buildings forming the AP Bhavan complex were constructed with common resources of Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana government will compensate the residuary AP to the extent of its share in the book value of these buildings in the ratio of population between the two states, he said.