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Debate: Smaller states a solution? - 3

Brushing aside opposition after dithering for nearly four years, the Congress and the UPA coalition on Tuesday (July 30) unanimously endorsed creation of a separate Telangana state from out of Andhra Pradesh. "It is resolved to request the Central government to make steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate state of Telangana ......within a definite timeframe," said a resolution of the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy-making body of the party, after over an hour-long meeting.

The Congress also decided to recommend to the government that Hyderabad be made the joint capital of the newly-proposed state and the other regions--Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra--for a period of 10 years. The momentous decisions by the CWC and the UPA came after hectic consultations for the last over a week on creation of the 29th state of the country that will have a geographical area of 10 of the 23 districts of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- KT Rama Rao, Leader, TRS; Meenakshi Lekhi, Spokesperson, BJP; Raja Bundela, Actor & Activist; Mohammed Salim, Leader, CPI ( M); Sanjay Jha, Spokesperson, Congress; Rahul Narvekar, Spokesperson, Shiv Sena; L Rajagopal, MP, Rajya Sabha, Congress and Revanth Reddy, Leader, TDP -- discuss whether, is the repeated bifurcation of states a good idea?