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Thursday date for AP capital

Hyderabad, Sept. 2: Chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has deferred till Thursday the announcement of the new Andhra Pradesh capital.

Although not officially declared, the state cabinet is believed to have decided in favour of Vijayawada, hailed as the political capital of the residual state since Telangana was carved out of undivided Andhra earlier this year.

Hyderabad is now the joint capital of the two states.

Naidu, who was to make a statement in the Assembly today, spoke off the record in the lobby. He said he was putting off the announcement because of “sentiment” and also because it was an “inauspicious” day, according to the Hindu almanac.

“It is Ashtami and also the day former chief minister Y.S.R. (Reddy) died in a helicopter crash,” he said.

Although Naidu put off a formal announcement, his government decided to issue a circular to all departmental heads to prepare to move their offices and staff to Vijayawada.

The government directed them to submit proposals, dropping enough hints that the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangaligiri region — spread across 190km — would be Andhra’s permanent capital.