New Delhi: President Pranab Mukerjee signed the Telangana Bill on Saturday paving way for the formation of the 29th state of India. Andhra Pradesh, which is being split to create Telangana, has also been placed under President’s Rule. The state Assembly will be placed under suspended animation.
The decision, confirmed by Rashtrapati Bhawan, comes after the Union Cabinet on Friday decided to put Andhra Pradesh which is being split to create Telangana, under President’s Rule.
The state has been without a chief minister after Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from the post and Congress party to protest against the passage of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013.
While Telangana had erupted with joy after the Bill’s passage, Seemandhra had seen massive protests against the decision.
Having lost the fight for a united Andhra Pradesh, locals and political leaders from Seemandhara have been focusing on securing Kurnool as the capital for the new state – comprising Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra.
Kurnool is the bordering district with the new state of Telanagana. Seen largely as a bed of dry land, its backward status reflects much of Rayalaseema region’s prime concern post bifurcation.