Telangana Bill passed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi :
The Telangana bill was passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha under a blackout of live telecast on Tuesday.
An amendment to make Hyderabad the sole capital of Telangana was defeated, paving way for the city to become the joint capital of Telangana and Seemandhra for the next 10 years. “An unhealthy precedent has been created,” Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said after his amendment was rejected.
While several lawmakers including K Chandasekhar Rao and Ghulam Nabi Azad were seen celebrating, YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy called for a shutdown in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. “It is a black day in the history
 of India. We saw democracy being killed in broad daylight. The issue was taken up undemocratically against the will of the people of Andhra,” Reddy, who was earlier suspended for protests over the bifurcation of Andhra, said.
Seemandhra will get a special financial package, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.
The Telanganan bill will now go through the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
A Cabinet minister and three legislators of the ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh resigned to protest the state’s bifurcation.
Infrastructure minister G Srinivasa Rao resigned both from the cabinet and the party. He faxed his resignation letter to governor ESL Narasimhan, his aides said.