Govt moves to expedite split of AP

Govt moves to expedite split of AP

Two states will come into being on June 2

Govt moves to expedite split of AP

The Centre is moving at a fast pace to expedite the smooth bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh next week with President Pranab Mukherjee giving Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan additional charge of Telangana.

The Cabinet is likely to clear an ordinance on Thursday to transfer some Telangana areas submerged due to the Polavaram project to the residuary state.

The two states — Telangana and (residuary) Andhra Pradesh — will come into being on June 2. The President’s order giving additional charge to Narasimhan comes a week before the official bifurcation of the state.

“The President of India has been pleased to appoint Shri ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Telangana, in addition to his own duties until a permanent arrangement is made. The above appointment will take effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.

The Union Cabinet will also meet on Thursday to decide on an ordinance to transfer around 400 villages in Telangana, submerged due to Polavaram project, to residuary Andhra Pradesh.

TRS chief and Telangana Chief minister-designate K Chandrasekhar Rao has called for a shutdown across Telangana on Thursday to protest against any such move.

Sources in the Home Ministry said that President’s Rule imposed in Andhra Pradesh will be revoked in the Telangana region on June 2 as Rao is scheduled to take his oath as chief minister.

However, President’s rule in the Seemandhra region is likely to be revoked only on June 8 as TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu will take the oath only on that day.

A notification revoking President’s rule in Telangana to facilitate Rao taking charge as the chief minister will be issued on June 2 morning.

President’s rule was imposed in Andhra Pradesh on March 1 this year after the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government resigned following Parliament's nod for bifurcation of the state.