Friday, 10 October 2014

Confusion over Andhra Pradesh Formation Day

HYDERABAD: Confusion prevails over when to celebrate the Andhra Pradesh formation day and with AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu still to make up his mind, officials are on tenterhooks whether to go ahead with the usual celebration on November 1.

Local historians and intellectuals, however, do not see any point in continuing with the old practice. "There is no point in continuing with celebration of November 1 as formation day as the event marked the merger of the then Hyderabad state with Andhra state," said veteran journalist and writer Turlapati Kutumba Rao. He felt AP should observe October 1 as the formation day as it was on this day that Andhra state was formed after separation from the Madras Presidency in 1953. Rao said celebrating the formation day on October 1 will also be a tribute to Potti Sriramulu and hundreds of youths who fought for the separate state.

Meanwhile, some others felt that the formation day should be June 2, which was the Appointed Day for bifurcation as per the AP Reorganisation Act. Still others felt that since Seemandhra leaders were opposed to the bifurcation, they would not like June 2 to be celebrated as the formation day . Moreover, the state was under President's rule till June 8. TDP leaders, meanwhile, are of the view that since an elected government came into existence on June 8 after the division, that day should be celebrated as the formation day .

"No formal decision has been taken on the issue," advisor to the government (communications), Parakala Prabhakar, told TOI. Sources said senior government officials have left the issue to the discretion of Naidu.

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