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After Andhra Pradesh was split with the Telangana bill being passed in Parliament and Hyderabad going to the new state, the search for a new capital may escalate into a row between Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema with leaders of both demanding that it be established in their region.
There is already a growing demand in Rayalaseema that Kurnool be developed as the new capital. Kurnool served as the capital of the newly created Andhra State (from former Madras Presidency) between October 1, 1953, and October 31, 1956, before it was moved to Hyderabad.
However, given politics and business, Coastal Andhra carries an edge over Rayalaseema in the matter. Several powerful MPs, MLAs and political leaders who also have financial clout belong to four districts of Coastal Andhra — East and West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur. “They have considerable assets and interests in Vijayawada.
They will argue in favour of that city. However, Vijayawada cannot be expanded beyond a point,” says former member of Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry M Murli Krishna.