Andhra MP to sit on fast-unto-death against Telangana
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 00:30
  
Hyderabad: Lagadapati Rajagopal, Lok Sabha MP from Vijayawada, who has submitted his resignation in protest against the move for a separate Telangana state, will sit on a fast-unto-death opposing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Sources close to him said Rajagopal may launch his fast either in Hyderabad or Vijayawada in a day or two. "We are working out the programme and other details," an aide of the MP told news agencies.

Meanwhile, Y S Vivekananda Reddy, member of AP Legislative Council and younger brother of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, too has announced that he would go on an indefinite fast if the Congress high command did not reconsider its decision to bifurcate the state.

"YSR has always wanted an integrated Andhra Pradesh. The Congress high command's decision has deeply hurt the people of Rayalaseema," Vivekananda said here.

Meanwhile, some ministers of K Rosaiah cabinet, hailing from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, have reportedly decided to step down from their posts as pressure mounted on them from their respective constituents.

The ministers who are ready to resign include Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao (technical education), K Parthasarathi (animal husbandry), Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy (forests), Shilpa Mohan Reddy (housing) and P Balaraju (tribal welfare).

The ministers reportedly met in the Secretariat here and decided to quit office.

None of these ministers could be contacted as they were closeted in a meeting.

Though there is demand for other ministers also to quit, they remained evasive on the issue.

You are trying to fix us, three ministers remarked, when questioned about their resignation in the Assembly lobbies today.

-PTI


First Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 00:30


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