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‘Convert metros into Union Territories’

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Senior Parliamentarian and MP from Araku V. Kishore Chandra Deo opines that metropolitan cities should be made Union Territories as they are primarily cosmopolitan in nature and fall under different category from the regions surrounding them.

His view, albeit personal, comes in the wake of the demand that Andhra Pradesh’s capital of Hyderabad should be made a common capital of rest of AP and Telangana in the event of the latter carved out of AP into a new state.

Talking to The Hindu on Friday night, he said that the metros of Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and the twin cities Hyderabad-Secunderabad should be converted into Union territories and granted partial statehood like Delhi as they are essentially urban conglomerations whose financial requirements were ever on the rise.

“A lion’s share of the States’ revenues is being sucked by these giants at the cost of stagnating the underdeveloped and backward regions of the States. Several major institutions under the Central government in the sphere of education, science, research and development, Defence establishments, etc., are located in these cities. It is, therefore, imperative for the Centre to exert control over these areas,” Mr. Deo pointed out.

The founding fathers of our Constitution incorporated Article 3 to meet the emerging demands arising out of experience to fulfil the aspirations of the people. This, however, was an exercise that had to be conducted with the concurrence of the legislative assemblies in the states and were areas where a national consensus was necessary. Abundant precaution should be taken to ensure that the culmination of such an exercise would strongly bind the country rather than create fissures, he felt.

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