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Fixing of ‘formation day’ prerogative of respective States: Governor

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Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan having a look at the Nandi idol at Lepakshi in Anantapur district on Thursday. —PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan having a look at the Nandi idol at Lepakshi in Anantapur district on Thursday. —PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD

: Governor of Andhra Pradesh E.S.L. Narasimhan on Thursday said identification and celebration of a particular day as ‘formation day' was the prerogative of the respective states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana).

Speaking to the mediapersons after praying at Lepakshi temple in the district, known for its unparalleled architecture which includes a hanging pillar, he said the governments of Telangana and AP would have to take a decision on celebration of 'formation day' reasoning that while Mr KCR had chosen to form the government and thereby the realisation of self rule in Telangana on June 2, the appointed day for the bifurcation of the State, while Mr Naidu had chosen to form the government on June 8.

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Asked about the status of the process of bifurcation, he said while the process was by and large completed and the new states formed, a few minor issues needed to be sorted out which would be done soon.

“The government's of the two States would develop the two states and I am not the one to be speaking about what they would do", Mr Narasimhan said replying to a query on development programmes of the new states.

On the other hand, he said he would recommend development of tourist facilities at the Lepakshi temple such as creation of basic tourist amenities and more importantly guides who could inform the tourists, Indian or otherwise, about the mythological significance and the story behind the deity and the temple.

He said it was his wish that he visit the Lepakshi temple ever since he trained in the Anantapur district during his training for the IPS.

"Now that I am also in a position to recommend development of the temple and tourism around the temple, I will do so,” Mr. Narasimhan said. The Governor, who arrived at the Bangalore airport from Hyderabad, came by road to the temple directly.

After spending some time at the temple, he left for the Bangalore airport from where he left for Hyderabad.

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