The decision to impose the President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh was necessitated by Reddy's resignation as the Chief Minister on February 19 as he was opposed to division of the state to carve out Telangana. Governor of Andhra Pradesh, E S L Narasimhan had recommended central rule in the state after the resignation.
The bill to create India's 29th state, by splitting Andhra Pradesh, was passed by the Parliament on February 20 in the just-concluded Winter Session. On the issue of a capital for Seemandhra, various places have been suggested. These include Kurnool, Tirupati, Vijayawada and Vishakapatnam, sources said.
The process for selecting the capital will be set into motion only after the President gives his nod to the Bill for creation of Telangana, the sources added. As per the proposal, a committee will be set up which will tour the cities suggested and have deliberations with the prominent people and groups there. The process will be completed in a few months, the sources said.
The sources also said that the revenue generated from Hyderabad will go to Telangana only as separate sops, like a special category status for five years and tax incentives for 10 years, have been extended to Seemandhra region. Reddy had resigned on February 19 from his post as well as Congress protesting the manner in which the state was being divided "by throwing all norms to the wind" and lashed out at political parties for dividing the state in quest of "votes".
He had quit a day after the bill to carve out Telangana was passed by Lok Sabha, with Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) coming together on the issue. A number of ruling Congress Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema also announced resignation from their posts and also from the party over the issue of division. (PTI)