At the stroke of the midnight hour, Telangana became the 29th state of India. Celebrations broke out in all parts of the new state to welcome its birth, which has taken around half a century of political struggle to materialize. The new Chief Minister K Chandershekhar Rao was sworn in this morning at Raj Bhawan in Hyderabad. The other half of the residual Andhra Pradesh is called Seemandhra. For the next 10 years, Hyderabad will be the capital of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It will take some time before Telangana is reflected in the official geographical and political map as the home affairs minstry is yet to provide boundary details to the Survey of India.
It is a new dawn today in the history of India as two separate states speaking the same language have been created. Both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the two successor states to Andhra Pradesh swear by Telugu. People came out on streets in Telangana at midnight, burst crackers and danced to celebrate the creation of the new state after 60 long years of political struggle. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has been leading the movement for Telangana has organized grand celebrations. The TRS had won 62 of the 119 seats in the newly formed Telangana Assembly.