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President defers Andhra trip,cites Ranchi

Citing the need to be present in Delhi given developments relating to government formation in Jharkhand,President Pratibha Patil on Sunday deferred her 10-day sojourn to Hyderabad beginning Monday....

Written by Swaraj Thapa | New Delhi | December 28, 2009 4:07:51 am

Citing the need to be present in Delhi given developments relating to government formation in Jharkhand,President Pratibha Patil on Sunday deferred her 10-day sojourn to Hyderabad beginning Monday,an annual event that the state has become accustomed to.

The decision to defer the trip also comes in the wake of other developments in Andhra Pradesh — the controversy relating to the unsavoury exit of N D Tiwari as Governor after he got embroiled in a sex tape scandal and intensification of the Telangana agitation — though Rashtrapati Bhawan officials denied any link with these events to changes in the President’s programme.

Rashtrapati Bhawan issued a communique announcing acceptance of the resignation of Tiwari and handing additional charge of Andhra Pradesh to E S L Narasimhan,Governor of Chhattisgarh.

“President’s rule is likely to be revoked in Jharkhand in the light of the election results and developments that have followed. So it was advised that the President should be in Delhi in the next few days,” an official with the President said.

Patil reached Kochi on Sunday morning after a three day Christmas weekend stay in the Lakshadweep islands. She is expected to reach New Delhi on Tuesday evening,deferring her Hyderabad trip where she would have spent ten days at Nilayam,the Presidential retreat.

Pranab promises good news to state leaders

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

NEW DELHI

FINANCE Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday reportedly promised “some good news” on Telangana and asked his party ministers from that region in Andhra Pradesh to withdraw their resignations,but they were not in an immediate mood to relent.

State Information and Tourism Minister Geeta Reddy,who led a delegation of 13 ministers who have quit in protest against the Centre’s putting the Telangana issue on the backburner,told reporters after a meeting with Mukherjee that they would discuss his request among themselves first before taking a decision on their resignations.

“Pranab Mukherjee asked us to withdraw our resignations and assured us that there will be good news on Telangana issue in the near future. We are also waiting for some special news on the issue,” Reddy said.

“We will discuss it (request to withdraw resignations) among ourselves. Our aim is not being in posts or power,but meeting the expectations of the people of Telangana. Their aspiration is to have a separate state and they are longing for it. This is the right time to have Telangana,” she added.

In Hyderabad,the Joint Action Committee (JAC),spearheading the Telangana agitation,received a boost on Sunday with TDP leaders from that region agreeing to join it. Prof K Kodandaram,JAC convener,said TDP leaders agreed to join the panel.

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