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Telangana fallout: Chiranjeevi, Pallam Raju offer to resign

Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi on Thursday night offered to resign from his post.



Hyderabad: Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi on Thursday night offered to resign from his post in protest against the Union Cabinet`s approval of the formation of separate Telangana.

The actor-turned-politician is understood to have faxed his resignation to the Prime Minister`s Office.

Chiranjeevi, who hails from Coastal Andhra, felt anguished over the way the protests in Seemandhra regions, going on for over two months, against the division of Andhra Pradesh were handled.

He has come under intense pressure from the united-Andhra supporters in the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions following the Congress Working Committee`s endorsement of separate Telangana demand on July 30.

The united-Andhra supporters have often demanded that Chiranjeevi quit his post to mount pressure on the Congress leadership towards halting the division of Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, HRD Minister Pallam Raju also offered to resign from the Council of Ministers today protesting the Union Cabinet`s approval to the creation of a separate Telangana state.

Sources close to Raju said he made the offer to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who, however, asked him to continue.

Raju, a senior leader from Seemandhra region, is understood to have conveyed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he was "very unhappy" as the decision to carve Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh has been taken "ignoring" the senitments of a large number of people and hence he does not want to continue in government any more, sources close to the HRD minister said.

The ministers from coastal Andhra and Rayalseema region have come under intense pressure from the united-Andhra supporters following the Congress Working Committee`s endorsement of separate Telangana demand on July 30.

PTI

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