Hyderabad

June 1, 2024. This date will be forever etched in the history of Andhra Pradesh. Today marks the end of Andhra Pradesh’s relationship with Hyderabad after 68 years. The tenure of Hyderabad as the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is ending tonight.

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During the bifurcation of the state in 2014, it was decided that Hyderabad would serve as the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for 10 years. While Telangana has further developed Hyderabad over the past decade, Andhra Pradesh has struggled to establish a capital of its own.

Hyderabad is a historic city which is over 400 years old. Founded by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty in 1591, it gained significant prominence under the rule of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty, popularly known as the Nizams.

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The Nizams ruled the Hyderabad kingdom from 1791 to 1948. In 1948, after the Operation Polo, the kingdom was integrated into independent India.

In 1956, during the reorganization of states based on language, Andhra State was merged with Hyderabad State. Before this, Kurnool was the capital of Andhra. Following the integration of both states, Hyderabad was designated the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

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Cut to 58 years later, the central government decided to create Telangana as a separate state after a massive agitation.

According to the AP Reorganization Act of 2014, Hyderabad was to remain the joint capital of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for 10 years, starting on June 2, 2014, and ending today, June 1, 2024.

Tomorrow, Telangana will celebrate the decade of its formation. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh remains uncertain about its capital city and is way backwards in terms of development. Where did things go wrong?

In 2015, former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu declared Amaravati as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. However, after YS Jagan became the CM in 2019, he revoked Amaravati’s capital status and proposed a three-capital plan. Ultimately, nothing has been finalized, leaving Andhra Pradesh without a capital city.

Over the past five years, neither central government companies nor private organizations have shown interest in investing in Andhra Pradesh. Development went backwards by 10 years.

The current government has neglected the state’s welfare and development. It failed to take up the responsibility of building a capital city.

Surprisingly, there is also no discussion about the end of the relationship with Hyderabad in the political circles of Andhra Pradesh.

What do the people of Andhra Pradesh seek? Do they want Hyderabad to continue as their capital for a few more years, or do they seek clarity on a new capital?




Their verdict in the 2024 elections will decide the fate of Andhra Pradesh and its capital. The election results will be declared on June 4.