There are no barbed wires and road blocks at either the assembly or the secretariat and Raj Bhavan which were quite visible for over three years. Instead they have been replaced with pink flags,hoardings, festoons and flexis all over the Nizam's town on the occasion of the birth of a new state. At the strike of midnight on Sunday, the 29th state of Indian Union, Telangana, was born after almost 60 years of unhappy merger with the Andhra state in 1956 and following a long struggle for separation from that mismatched union.
About 300 people have reportedly been killed after the agitation for the separate state took the shape of a movement in 1969. Enthusiastic TRS workers and Telangana admirers commenced festivities
across the thoroughfares and colonies raising slogan ' Jai Telangana ' on Sunday.
The TRS headquarters in Banjara Hills has become a beehive of activity with the party leaders and workers busy in activities related to government formation. Special celebrations were on the cards at
Osmania University from where two student leaders have made it to the parliament and the state assembly.
Telangana Rashtriya Samiti chief K Chandrasekhar Rao will be sworn in as the chief minister of Telangana on Monday after the President's rule is lifted, paving the way for the new government to take charge. TRS had won 63 of the 119 assembly seats in Telangana in the just-concluded assembly elections that were held in conjuction with the general elections.
Interestingly, before Rao takes oath as the chief minister of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan, who has been given additional charge of Telangana, will himself have to take the oath.
The President's rule, however, will remain imposed for about a week in Andhra region as Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu would take charge as chief minister a week later, possibly on June 8. TDP, along with its ally the BJP, had cornered 106 of the 175 assembly seats in Andhra region in the recent elections.
In all 31 IPS and 41 IAS officers have been officially nominated to the Telangana cadre of the all-India service. The chief secretary P K Mohanty made a last review of all arrangements for division of assets
and employees as advised by the governor.
The chief secretary also issued orders to 9,893 state government employees to continue functioning in Telangana as per the 'order to serve' clause to temporarily maintain administration in Telangana. They include 8,601 HoDs in districts, 1,164 in secretariat and 128 in the state assembly.