The two neighboring Telugu states, AP and Telangana, have been entangled in an intense competition ever since the state bifurcation in 2014. In the just announced ranks for Ease of Doing Business (EoDB), both Telangana and AP topped the list in the country. The ranks were released by the Union Commerce Ministry's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) based on the feasibilities for foreign investments, Telangana beat Andhra Pradesh.
Incidentally, Telangana, with a score of 60.24 percent, edged past Andhra Pradesh which stood in the second place with 55.75 percent, beating AP with 5 percent. Telangana secured the top berth from being in the 13th position in the September 2015 list thanks to the proactive measures initiated by the state's dynamic IT Minister KTR.
On the other hand, AP has retained its second rank from last year's list. It is well-known that Telangana had alleged that AP had stolen its data from the Ease of Doing Business portal and even filed a complaint with the centre. In the preliminary rankings released in June 2016, Andhra Pradesh relegated to 19th slot, while Telangana climbed up to second position.