President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation to impose Central rule in Andhra Pradesh and also gave his assent to the Telangana Bill
The Bill to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh (AP) on Saturday received the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee who also signed the proclamation to impose Central rule in the state. This is the second time in 41 years that political issues surrounding bifurcation have led to the clamping of President’s rule in the State.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014, which got Parliament’s approval on 20th February despite strong opposition from Seemandhra leaders, got the Presidential assent, paving the way for creation of the country’s 29th State by splitting Andhra Pradesh.
There will be 13 districts in residuary Andhra Pradesh, while Telangana will have 10 districts, including Hyderabad city.
In a bid to address concerns of the Seemandhra region, the union government had already announced grant of special category status, including tax incentives, to the residuary state as part of a six-point development package for AP’s two successor States.
The President also signed the proclamation to impose President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh following the Union Cabinet’s recommendation.
Mukherjee gave his nod to place under suspended animation the Andhra Pradesh Assembly whose term is slated to end on 2 June.
The decision to impose President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh was necessitated by N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s resignation as the chief minister on 19th February as he was opposed to division of the state to carve out Telangana.
Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan had recommended Central rule in the state after Reddy's resignation.
Earlier in 1973, following the Jai Andhra movement (separate State for Andhra region), the Indira Gandhi Government imposed President’s rule for 11 months. PV Narasimha Rao, the then chief minister, had resigned.
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