Leave disputes within the region. The disputes between AP and Telangana are moving beyond borders to fight for assets and liabilities.
The AP Bhavan complex on Ashoka Road in Central Delhi houses the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan, Telangana State Bhavan and Telangana Haj House. The Telangana government claims ownership of the entire 18.18-acre plot as its ownership can be traced back to the princely state of Hyderabad. Andhra Pradesh, however, says the land should be divided between the two based on their respective populations, as per the AP Reorganisation Act 2014, which laid down the terms for the bifurcation of the state.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao triggered a controversy last year when he declaring that Andhra Pradesh had no legal claim over the land. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on June 23, KCR, as the chief minister is widely known, claimed that the “historical perspective denotes that the entire land presently in the possession of AP Bhavan belonged to the erstwhile state of Hyderabad under Nizams and hence it should be transferred to the government of Telangana”.
During last week’s video conference too, the Telangana chief secretary said that the question of population-based apportioning of resources would arise only if the land had been bought with the funds of the government of undivided Andhra Pradesh, after the state was formed in 1956. The Delhi plot, Telangana argues, had been bought by the Nizam in 1948, before Hyderabad state merged with the Indian Union.
“If AP wants a share in AP Bhavan, then we may seek our share in the sea ports, buildings and assets located in the successor AP state as they were bought with funds of the combined AP,” said a senior Telangana government official.
Getting bitter and bitter