Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL
Narasimhan on Wednesday accepted the resignation of state
Infrastructure and Investment Minister Komatireddy Venkat
Komatireddy submitted his resignation to the Governor on
October 1, protesting the Centre`s dilly-dallying stance on
the contentious Telangana statehood issue.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today recommended to
the Governor to accept Komatireddy`s resignation after he
received the nod from the Congress high command.
Komatireddy, who represents Nalgonda in Telangana, has
also resigned from the membership of the state Assembly but
Speaker Nadendla Manohar is yet to take a decision on this.
Komatireddy has been taking an active part in the ongoing
struggle for a separate state along with leaders of other
He had lashed out at the Chief Minister recently on the
statehood issue and even accused him of sending misleading
reports to the Centre on the ongoing indefinite strike by a
cross-section of people.
He is the second minister, after Jupalli Krishna Rao,
from Telangana region to have quit the state Cabinet on the
statehood issue. Jupalli quit the Cabinet on May 31 this year
but has been continuing as an MLA.
With Komatireddy`s resignation, the number of ministers
from Telangana region in the AP Cabinet has fallen to 14 out
of its total strength of 37, including the Chief Minister.