New Delhi, March 4 IANS | 9 months ago

A separate Telangana state will formally come into being on June 2, the central government said Tuesday.

The union home ministry fixed June 2 as the appointed day or formation day of Telangana state. The same day, the residual Andhra Pradesh state will come into existence.

President Pranab Mukherjee on March 1 gave his assent to Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014. The gazette notification was published the same day but the appointed day was not declared.

Telangana will be 29th state in India. It will comprise 10 districts - Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Nizamabad.

Hyderabad will be common capital for both the states for 10 years. Andhra Pradesh will have 13 districts - four districts of Rayalaseema and nine districts of coastal Andhra.

Undivided Andhra Pradesh had come into existence on Nov 1, 1956 with the merger of Telangana with then Andhra State, which was earlier carved out of Madras State.

Telangana witnessed violent movement for separate statehood in 1969. The movement was revived in 2000.

The appointed day for Telangana was declared a day before the election schedule to be announced by the Election Commission.

The commission may conduct the assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls in undivided Andhra Pradesh. Two governments may be formed after June 2, the day when the term of existing assembly is expiring.

The central government last week brought Andhra Pradesh under President's rule and kept the assembly under suspended animation following the resignation of Kiran Kumar Reddy as chief minister to protest the state's bifurcation.

(Posted on 05-03-2014)

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