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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 22, 2014
Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan has recommended that President’s Rule be imposed in the state and the assembly be kept in suspended animation. The gazette notification for the creation of Telangana is likely to be issued next week after the President gives his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill passed by Parliament.

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Accepting the resignation of CM Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday, the governor asked Reddy to continue in office till alternate arrangements were made. Reddy, however, turned him down, having made it clear that he wouldn’t like to be the caretaker CM.

Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said the two states (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) will formally come into being from the appointed day mentioned in the gazette notification, with the appointment of two CMs, two chief secretaries and two directors general of police.

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With 84,000 employees to be distributed between the two states, preparatory work for the distribution of cadre, finance, assets and liabilities will have to be completed by the appointed date mentioned in the gazette.

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Two panels have been constituted for the allotment of Indian Administrate Service officers and AP service officers. A committee of experts would be formed separately to identify a capital for the successor state of AP, Ramesh said. It took three months for Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand to come into existence from the date of notification.

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