The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation to impose President Rule in Andhra Pradesh. He also signed the Telangana bill on 1 March 2014.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned on 19 February 2014 over Telangana issue. Governor E S L Narasimhan recommended President Rule in the Andhra Pradesh State after the resignation of Chief Minister.
According to the Article 356 of the constitution, if the President, on receipt of report from the Governor of the State or otherwise, is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the State cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution, the President may declare the president rule in the state and
• assume to himself all or any of the functions of the Government of the State and all or any of the powers vested in or exercisable by the Governor or any body or authority in the State other than the Legislature of the State.
• Declare that the powers of the Legislature of the State shall be exercisable by or under the authority of Parliament.
A Proclamation so approved shall, unless revoked, cease to operate on the expiration of a period of six months from the date of issue of the Proclamation. This proclamation can be extended. Resolution approving the continuance in force of such a Proclamation shall be passed by both Houses of Parliament for a period of six months but no such Proclamation shall in any case remain in force for more than three years.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned on 19 February 2014 and quit from congress party against the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, since then there was a political uncertainty in the state. Suspension of Assembly and impose of Presidential rule ahead of the Andhra Pradesh election was justified by the political parties.
What: Presidential rule in AP
When: 1 March 2014