Former chief secretary I Y R Krishna Rao had written to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu asking him to celebrate October 1 as the State Formation Day. He requested the Chief Minister to honour the leaders who have sacrificed their lives and leadership for creating the first linguistic state in the country after Independence.
Here is IYR Krishna Rao’s letter to the Chief Minister.
In 1953 Andhra state was formed after bifurcation from the Madras state and in 1956 Andhra Pradesh state was formed by uniting the Telugu speaking areas of erstwhile Hyderabad state with Andhra state.In 2014 with the formation of the Telangana state Andhra Pradesh has acquired the geographical shape as it was in 1953.
Formation of the Andhra state in 1953 is the result of the sacrifices made by number of freedom fighters. It was the ultimate sacrifice in terms of life sacrifice by Amarajeevi Sri Potti Sriramulu which led to the formation of the State. Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu played an equally important role in convincing Jawaharlal Nehru for the formation of the first linguistic state in India after independence.
Great leaders like Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, Tenneti Viswanatham, NG Ranga, Sardar Gowthu Latchanna, Kadapa Koti Reddy, Bezawada Gopal Reddy, Gadicherla Hari Sarvothama Rao and others played their part in the formation of the new state. The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru came all the way to Kurnool town for the celebration of the state formation day on October 1st 1953. There were celebrations all over the state. October 1st continued to be the state formation day till formation of Andhra Pradesh state on November 1st 1956.
After bifurcation on 2nd June 2014 we got back the Andhra Pradesh state with the same geographical features as they were there when the state was formed in 1953 except Bhadrachalam area. Celebrating October 1st as state formation day is the fittest tribute we can pay to those who sacrificed their wealth and lives for getting freedom to this country and for securing a separate state for the Telugu speaking people. It would be an occasion to remember their sacrifices and will be an inspiration for younger generations.
There is a feeling that the present government is deliberately ignoring this legacy. It would be appropriate to set such misgivings at rest by celebrating October 1st as AP formation day.
June 2nd has no significance as such for us as the division of the state was done against our wishes. In any case in the last 4 years this occasion was used to whip up sentiments against congress which now seems to be a political ally to your party. Hence I request the honourable chief minister to start the celebrations of AP formation day on this 1st of October.