When the chief ministers are in good relation, things move faster and disputes, if any, are resolved much faster. This is what is happening in the two Telugu States. With the two chief ministers, K Chandrasekhar Rao of Telangana and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy of Andhra Pradesh, are in good relationship and have better understanding than ever. The meetings between the two are held in friendliest manner with both of them respecting each other.
The other day, when they met at Raj Bhavan, the core issue of the AP properties in Hyderabad were resolved. The two chief ministers held talks for one hour in the presence of Governor ESL Narasimhan and arrived at consensus on these buildings. The Central government had allocated some buildings for Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation. These buildings, including some in the Secretariat, were given to the AP as Hyderabad was made a common capital for 10 years. The AP government had spent several crores of rupees on them for renovation. But, as things did not go well between TS chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and then AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, the AP had to lose the common capital.
Chandrababu Naidu, after being caught in the vote for note case, left Hyderabad and landed in Vijayawada overnight. He then, asked the officials to come to Vijayawada and the total administration was shifted here from Hyderabad in just two years. Since then, the buildings in Hyderabad have been kept vacant and unused. However, the AP government had been spending huge amount on their maintenance without being used.
Now that a new government is in place in AP and Jaganmohan Reddy is committed to bring down the waste expenditure, he had taken the decision to hand over those buildings to Telangana government. However, he had kept two buildings for the State, for any official use, like guest houses for the State. TS chief minister welcomed this initiative and thanked AP chief minister and Governor. Meanwhile, the Governor had requested the TS chief minister to waive the property and other taxes on the AP buildings before transferring them to TS, for which TS chief minister agreed. This is seen a s good gesture by the AP government and KCR had expressed confidence that other issues too could be resolved in friendly atmosphere like this.
It is to be seen if this friendly atmosphere continues between the two States and all issues are resolved.