Governor of Andhra Pradesh (AP) ESL Narasimhan is expected to be made the joint governor of Telangana and Seemandhra (the residual AP) after 2 June, when the new state Telangana will be formally carved out from AP.
Narasimhan is currently in Delhi, meeting the ministers concerned with regard to the state affairs. Narasimhan left for Delhi on a four-day visit on 13 May and, on Wedenesday, he met finance minister P Chidambaram. He was also scheduled to meet the President Pranab Mukherjee and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi among others.
Media reports claim the Centre has taken a decision on appointing Narasimhan as the joint governor of both Seemandhra and Telangana, and it has already sent the proposal to the President Mukherjee for his assent. The President is likely to give his nod to the Union government's decision within two days.
AP is currently under the President's rule following the resignation of Kiran Kumar Reddy as the state's Chief Minister, opposing the Centre's act of dividing the state. Once the President gives his nod to the Centre's decision, Narasimhan will have to take a formal oath as the joint governor of the two new states, media reports said.
Hyderabad will be joint capital for both the states for 10 years. After that, Hyderabad will remain with Telangana as its own capital. Seemandhra, by that time, will have to build its new capital, the site of which is yet to be decided by the Centre.
In the backdrop of AP's division process, the Governor is understood to have been discussing the details on making Hyderabad the joint capital for the next 10 years. Narasimhan is said to have submitted a report to the Centre in this regard.
Meanwhile, the indefinite curfew, imposed in the riot-hit Hyderabad's areas on Wednesday, was still continuing on 15 May. Three persons were killed in police firing, following the alleged communal clashes over the burning of a religious flag in the city.