AP Congress minister sends resignation to Sonia over Telangana

In a bid to mount pressure on the Centre for formation of a separate state of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Endowments Minister Jupally Krishna Rao sent his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 15:10 PM IST

Hyderabad: In a bid to mount pressure on the
Centre for formation of a separate state of Telangana, Andhra
Pradesh Endowments Minister Jupally Krishna Rao on Thursday sent his
resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

"I had announced earlier that I am ready for any
sacrifice for the sake of Telangana. Accordingly, I am sending
my resignation letter to Sonia Gandhiji, explaining the
prevailing situation in Telangana and the strong demand being
made by the people for a separate state. I am giving a copy to
the chief minister (N Kiran Kumar Reddy)", he told reporters.

Rao said it was his individual decision to resign as per
his conscience as he could not remain a mute spectator when
all sections of society in Telangana were agitating over the
separate statehood demand.

"The government employees have started a non-cooperation
agitation, so many youths have committed suicide and every
section is agitated", he said.

Rao, who hails from Mahabubnagar district, said he will
continue to attend to his duties as a minister until the
resignation is accepted.

He, however, added that he will take "further steps" if
no concrete action is taken towards the formation of a
separate Telangana during the Budget Session of Parliament.

The development comes against the backdrop of increasing
pressure on Congress leaders to quit their posts in support of
the demand for a separate Telangana state.

PTI