With Kiran Kumar Reddy resigning from the chief ministership and no political party in a position to form government, Andhra Pradesh governor, E S L Narsimhan, has recommended imposion of President's rule and keeping the assembly in suspended animation.
The government is expected to give a go-ahead for the imposition of central rule after getting a green signal from the Congress that may make a last-ditch effort of government formation before giving up.
The recommendation for not dissolving the assembly but keeping it in suspended animation, sources said, has come about because early elections are not possible.
Though assembly elections are due in the month of June in Andhra Pradesh, carving out of Telangana has brought about several vexed issue related to bifurcation, including that of the electoral and government machinery that need to be settled to ensure smooth and fair elections in two separate states.
"Ideally, elections in Andhra Pradesh would have been held in April-May, alongside the general Lok Sabha elections. But with the birth of Telangana it is simply not possibility. The Centre and the two states would need at least six months of preparation to go in for assembly elections," said sources.
Keeping the law and order under control in an emotive atmosphere, especially in Hyderabad and Seemandhra and Rayalaseema, is another crucial area that would need a longer period of cooling off, sources said.