Andhra CM asks ministers not to resign

Last Updated: Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 21:20

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Saturday appeared to have staved off a resignation threat
by 20 ministers belonging to coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema
regions in protest against the division of the state.

"I too will have to quit my post in the event of your
resignation," Rosaiah reportedly told the ministers who sought
to put in their papers in support of a unified state.

The ministers, under immense pressure from their
constituents to quit following the Centre`s decision to create
a separate state of Telangana, met in a star hotel here this
afternoon and decided to step down.

They asked three of their colleagues to communicate their
decision to the Chief Minister.

Accordingly, senior ministers Dharmana Prasada Rao
(Revenue), Gade Venkata Reddy (Endowments) and C Silpa Mohan
Reddy (Housing) met the Chief Minister at his residence this
evening and informed him about the decision of 20 ministers to
step down in deference to the wishes of their constituents.

"We are under pressure from fellow MLAs and people to
quit in protest against the Centre`s move to bifurcate Andhra
Pradesh," the three ministers told the Chief Minister.

"He, however, asked us not to take such a decision since
we had the responsibility of dispelling the misgivings among
people, as also the MLAs who have already resigned, over the
proposed bifurcation of the state," Dharmana told reporters
after the meeting with the Chief Minister.

Following Rosaiah`s suggestion, the ministers from
coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema would meet here again tomorrow
to decide their future course of action, he said.

"He (Rosaiah) said we all should work together to resolve
the current crisis," Dharmana said.

The Chief Minister also told the agitated ministers that
they could discuss the issue with the party high command as
well as the government of India to find a solution.

"Let us reassure people that a solution will be found to
the current imbroglio through consultations," Dharmana quoted
the Chief Minister as telling them.

Earlier in the day, Municipal Administration Minister
Aanam Ramanarayana Reddy said: "We have decided to resign from
our posts as there is a lot of pressure on us from the people
of our constituencies as well as fellow MLAs who have already
submitted their resignations," he said.

"They would be bound by the people`s wishes," he added.

Meanwhile, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah,
who hails from Warangal in Telangana, appealed to his
colleagues from Andhra and Rayalaseema not to precipitate the
issue and drop the move to resign.

"We should all abide by the party high command`s
decision. Resignation is not the solution to any problem. It
will rather precipitate a crisis and also stir up emotions,"
Ponnala, a strong proponent of a separate state, remarked.

He said any contentious issue could be discussed in party
fora for an amicable solution. "There is no scope for a
political process on the Telangana issue now when the
constitutional process has started," he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 21:20

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