Andhra Pradesh Governor accepts resignations of two ministers
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan on Sunday accepted the resignations of two ministers who had offered to quit their posts after being charge-sheeted in connection with disproportionate asset cases involving YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.
"On the advice of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, the Governor has accepted the resignations tendered by Dharmana Prasada Rao, Minister for Roads and Buildings and Sabita Indra Reddy, Minister for Home, with immediate effect," a press communiqué from Raj Bhavan said.
The two portfolios will be held by the Chief Minister until alternative arrangements are made, it said.
Prasada Rao, who was revenue minister in the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy government, had submitted his resignation in August last year after he was made an accused in the alleged Vanpic land allotment scandal.
Sabita Reddy, who was mines minister in the Rajasekhara Reddy regime, had offered to quit last month after her name figured as an accused in connection with alleged illegal allotment of mines to certain companies.
The two ministers, however, continued in their posts though they had offered to step down.
As the main opposition TDP and some Congress leaders stepped up pressure for removal of the two "tainted" ministers, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held talks with the Congress high command in Delhi earlier this month and was reportedly told to drop the ministers.
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