HYDERABAD: With the demand for invoking Section 8 of the AP Reorganisation Act taking centrestage following the cash-for-vote scam, the Union Home Ministry on Thursday summoned Governor of AP and Telangana States ESL Narasimhan for an important meeting in Delhi on Friday.
As the Governor rushed to Delhi, political circles are abuzz with speculation over whether the Centre will indeed invoke Section 8 and hand over law and order in the common capital, Hyderabad, to him. The political temperature in the two Telugu States has climbed up a few notches ever since reports emerged that Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had advised the Governor that he could supervise the cash-for-vote probe under Section 8.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to ask the Governor about the law and order situation in Hyderabad before taking a call on Section 8. But, there are no indications on whether the Centre has initiated the process to invoke Section 8 in Hyderabad. While the AP government is insisting on Section 8, citing alleged phone-tapping of its key functionaries by the Telangana government, the latter has been opposing the same, arguing that law and order is strictly a State affair.
The Governor’s meeting with Rajnath also assumes significance since the AP government has been accusing Narasimhan of siding with the Telangana government on all key issues between the two States.
EC’s memo seeks all evidence
Hyderabad: Giving anxious moments to the TDP, the Election Commission on Thursday filed a memo before the ACB Court seeking all copies, documents, audio and video material among other evidences pertaining to the cash-for-vote case.