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HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju,who met Sonia Gandhi Saturday,is reportedly reconsidering his resignation. He had announced Friday he would step down to protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Raju met Sonia Saturday and the Congress chief advised him to not act in haste. He conveyed to her that the anti-bifurcation sentiment in Seemandhra could cost the Congress heavily in the polls. Sonia told him he should work with the Group of Ministers (GoM) to ensure the regions interests were represented.
I went to meet the Congress president and told her I would like to resign but she gave me the same advice as the prime minister: that I should not act in haste and should try and find a resolution by working with the GoM and leaders from Andhra Pradesh, Raju said.
His decision is a relief to the Congress,which is facing a rebellion of sorts from its leaders in Seemandhra. Six ministers have faxed their resignation letters to the PM although none except Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy has met him and actually submitted the letter.