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Hyderabad's status on hold: Home Secretary

Hyderabad's status on hold: Home Secretary

GK Pillai forced to take back his statement after political furore.

New Delhi: Union Home Secretary GK Pillai on Friday retracted his statement that Hyderabad would be the capital of the new state of Telangana after it is carved out from Andhra Pradesh.

''In response to a question from a journalist that the proponents for the state of Telangana had wanted Hyderabad to be its capital, Home Secretary had stated that this was what they wanted,'' said a statement released by Pillai's office.

Pillai issued the statement after Andhra politicians opposed to Telangana criticised him for telling reporters: "I think Hyderabad will always be the capital of Telangana."

Pillai said that dialogue was a way out for resolving most conflicts.

"Everybody agrees that we can resolve problems only through dialogue and understanding of everybody's position. The home minister has stated that he is willing to talk to everybody and that the dialogues will continue," he said earlier in the day.

Pillai said he felt that the continuing agitation in Andhra Pradesh will die down once everybody understood the process of formation of a new state.

Hyderabad, geographically in the Telangana region, has become a hot issue with some parliamentarians from Andhra Pradesh suggesting that the city, known for its information technology sector, should be turned into a union territory.

first published:December 11, 2009, 18:43 IST