NEW DELHI, March 1 � The Bill to carve out Telangana today received the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee who also signed the proclamation to impose central Rule in Andhra Pradesh, reports PTI.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014, which got Parliament�s approval on February 20 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 the Hyderabad city.
In a bid to address concerns of the Seemandhra region, the 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 yesterday.
Mukherjee gave his nod to place under suspended animation the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, whose term is slated to end on June 2.
The decision to impose President�s Rule in Andhra Pradesh was necessitated by N Kiran Kumar Reddy�s resignation as Chief Minister on February 19 as he was opposed to division of the state to carve out Telangana.
Governor ESL Narasimhan had recommended Central rule in the state after the resignation.
The Bill to create Telangana by splitting Andhra Pradesh was passed by Parliament on February 20 in the just-concluded Winter Session.
Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam Party today launched a stinging attack on the Congress over imposition of President�s Rule in Andhra Pradesh, saying it showed �bankrupt politics� of the ruling party as the move was against all norms, a report from Hyderabad adds.
�President�s Rule is nothing but a mockery of democracy. It is highly regrettable that President�s Rule has been clamped in the state by weakening the Constitution, the institutions of Governor and state Legislature,� TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu said.