New Delhi: India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh has formally split in two, with its northern area carved out to create a new state called Telangana.
People celebrated the formation of Telangana with dazzling fireworks and by distributing sweets among in Hyderabad and other parts of the newly-formed state.
Telangana, which officially came into existence at midnight local time, became the country’s 29th state.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had painted Hyderabad, besides towns and villages in Telangana, pink in the final countdown to the birth of India’s 29th state.
People of the state danced to express their happiness at the formation of the state for which many people had sacrificed lives in a five -decades -long struggle.
Women were playing ‘Batukamma’ on the main roads of all districts. Hyderabad led the celebrations with the People’s Plaza on the picturesque Necklace Road reflecting the joy and mirth.
Sporting pink scarves, Telangana supporters set about preparing for the big event. Even telephone greetings turned to “Jai Telangana” instead of the usual “hello.”
The entire stretch of Raj Bhavan Road was festooned in pink. The Old City too joined in the celebrations. Noted singer Khan Athar set the tone by rendering soulful ghazals and national integration songs at Charminar.
At Gandhi Bhavan, the Congress headquarters, State unit president Ponnala Laxman paid homage to Telangana martyrs.
The BJP, and even the TDP and the YSR Congress Party also took part in celebrations.
TRS leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao will be sworn in as Chief Minister today.