Andhra heading towards constitutional crisis

Last Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 23:34

government that threatened to snowball into a constitutional
crisis as well showed some signs of being defused with the
ministers hailing from both the Telangana and also Andhra and
Rayalaseema regions asserting tonight there was no threat to
the Cabinet.

While the Telangana ministers asserted that there was no
question of their quitting the Cabinet, the Andhra and
Rayalaseema ministers who yesterday threatened to resign in
protest against the proposed bifurcation of the state have
almost decided to give up their plan.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah held talks with the two groups
of ministers together at his residence late tonight and
reportedly prevailed upon them to "stay calm.".

Emerging out of the meeting with the Chief Minister,
Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said there was "no
crisis" in the state and the Cabinet was very much intact.

"There are no cracks in the state Cabinet as being
projected. We are all united. Let there be no misgivings about
this," Dharmana, a minister from coastal Andhra region told
newsmen outside the Chief Minister’s residence.

Home Minister P Sabita Reddy was also present with
Dharmana but she did not say anything.

Separately, Information Minister J Geeta Reddy, who was
among the Telangana ministers who attended a meeting at the
residence of Information Technology Minister Komatireddy
Venkata Reddy tonight, said there was no need for them
to resign on the separate statehood issue.

"The statement from the Centre on formation of Telangana
state came for us. So, no question arises about our
resignation," she said at the end of the meeting.

She said 11 ministers from Telangana and 13 MPs met to
express their gratitude to Congress president Sonia Gandhi for
initiating the process of carving out a separate Telangana
state.

Referring to the ongoing protests in coastal Andhra and
Rayalaseema regions over the proposed move to bifurcate the
state, Reddy said none of the leaders were fomenting trouble.
"Let us have peace," she appealed.

On the resignation threat of their Cabinet colleagues
from Andhra and Rayalaseema, the minister said: "Let us all
strengthen the hands of our leader Sonia Gandhi."

Komatireddy Venkata Reddy requested the MLAs who have
submitted their resignations to withdraw them and "co-operate
for the division of the state as good brothers".

Interestingly, the two ministers hailing from Hyderabad
city -- Danam Nagender and M Mukesh Goud -- who raised the
demand that Greater Hyderabad be granted Union Territory
status in the event of forming Telangana state, did not attend
the meeting of the Telangana ministers and MPs.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 23:34

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