Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The new Governor of Andhra Pradesh E.S.L. Narasimhan got down to business immediately after assuming office by reviewing the law & order situation in the State with Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and the police top brass at the Raj Bhavan on Monday.

Within three hours of being sworn-in, Mr. Narasimhan held a meeting with the Chief Minister, Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, Director General of Police R.R. Girish Kumar, Additional DGP (Law & Order) A.K. Khan and IG (Intelligence) M. Mahender Reddy. Sources said Mr. Narasimhan, a former Director of Intelligence Bureau, put to them searching questions about the current political situation and steps being taken to maintain public tranquillity in the wake of the Telangana agitation.

Mr. Rosaiah reportedly informed the Governor that properties worth Rs. 15 crore had been damaged during month-long unrest in the State. Nearly 5,000 persons had been arrested in all three regions of the State and the law and order situation was under control, he said.

Earlier, Chief Justice of A.P. High Court A.R. Dave administered the oath of office to Mr. Narasimhan (63) at a solemn function at Raj Bhavan where the media was not allowed access. Representatives of opposition parties, who often give such ceremonial functions a miss, were present. Among them were Y. Ramakrishnudu and M.V. Mysoora Reddy (TDP), Eatala Rajender (TRS) and J. Ranga Reddy (CPI-M).

Leaders who called on the Governor said Mr. Narasimhan heard them keenly and lent an impression that although he was holding office in addition to his duties as Chhattisgarh Governor, he would devote considerable attention to his gubernatorial work in Andhra Pradesh.

His predecessor Narayan Dutt Tiwari, who resigned in the wake of a television expose, left the city at the break of dawn in a special aircraft to Dehra Dun in Uttarakhand.

Mr. Narasimhan issued an appeal to the people to strive to enrich the State and ensure that the fruits of development reached the needy. Andhra Pradesh, he said, had been a shining example to the entire nation for the amity and tolerance. “I am proud to be associated with the State and fervently hope its legacy will continue and deepen.”

In a separate televised message, the Governor said in Telugu that he was fortunate to have a 36-year-long association with Andhra Pradesh, a land of several holy places like Bhadrachalam, Srisailam and Tirupati.

He said he would pray to the gods that people of the State should live in peace and happiness.

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