Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu took oath as the first Chief Minister of the residuary Andhra Pradesh at a grand public function on Sunday evening. 19 cabinet ministers, including three women, were also sworn in.
Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy appealed to Telangana protagonists not
to hamper development and welfare programmes, and maintained that it was for the Centre to take a decision on the contentious statehood issue.
A day after asking Congress MLAs who have been openly siding with former MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy to resign from their posts, AP CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy appeared to have backtracked even as the "rebels" upped their ante against him.
Congress high command would take action against Congress leaders, including ministers, who are demanding installation of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as Chief Minister, if they violate party discipline, Andhra Pradesh CM K Rosaiah said.
The body of CM YSR Reddy was moved out of Lal Bahadur stadium for the
final journey to his native village in Pulivendla one hour
before schedule today following a stampede and police action
in which several people were injured.
There has been no contact
with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, whose helicopter has
been missing for over five hours now after he took off
from Hyderabad Wednesday morning, Home Ministry sources here said.