Several Union ministers from Andhra,led by HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju,submitted their resignations Friday,a day after the Cabinet gave the nod to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and formation of Telangana.
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari,Minister of State for Communications and IT Killi Krupa Rani,Minister of Textiles K Samba Siva Rao,Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy,Minister of State for Petroleum Panabaka Lakshmi,and Rajya Sabha member and Minister of State for Tourism (independent charge) K Chiranjeevi faxed their resignations to the Prime Minister.
I met the Prime Minister and offered my resignation. He suggested I should not take a decision in haste… My conscience does not allow me to continue. When the CWC constituted the Antony Committee… we felt there would be a course correction… However,the manner in which it was rushed through the Cabinet meeting Thursday is against the interests of Seemandhra people, Raju said.
Congress MP from Vijayawada Lagadapati Rajagopal said that while they bitterly opposed the manner in which the Centre pushed the Telangana issue,they will wait till the Bill reaches Parliament to vote against it.
By evening,Congress MPs Vundavalli Arun Kumar,Ananta Venkatrami Reddy,A Sai Prathap,Sabbam Hari,and Rayapati Sambasiva Rao had shot off their resignation letters. Rao said the Congress was finished in Seemandhra and would be routed in the elections. There are 19 Congress MPs in Seemandhra.
Meanwhile,Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy managed to dissuade 70 Congress MLAs and 21 ministers from Seemandhra from resigning. All MLAs expressed their desire to resign.
However,the CM persuaded them to wait till the note on Telangana is sent to the Assembly for passing a resolution,where they would all vote against it, Primary Education Minister S Sailajanath said. The Congress has 66 MLAs in Coastal districts and 32 in Rayalaseema.
Common man faces brunt
The protests and shutdown in Seemandhra have hit the common man the hardest. The AP Road Transport Corporations 22,000 buses that operate in Seemandhra and connect to Hyderabad and Telangana districts were Friday lying idle at various depots. About 15,000 private buses as well as autorickshaws and taxis also went off the roads. With a proposed rail roko on Saturday and Sunday,train services are likely to be affected. With the highways ,including the crucial Hyderabad-Vijayawada NH 9 and Hyderabad-Bengaluru NH 7,blocked,people living and working on either side are stranded.
Jagan fast from today
YSR Congress Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is set to intensify the anti-Telangana agitation as he starts an indefinite fast Saturday in Hyderabad. While Jagan will receive plenty of support in the state capital,clashes are expected between his supporters and the TRS cadre,the pro-Telangana TDP and Congress workers. Police have already issued prohibitory orders in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerate areas. TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu said Friday that he,too,has decided to undertake an indefinite fast in New Delhi from next week.