Telangana: Jagan calls 72-hr bandh, Chiranjeevi quits
Hyderabad: YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has called for a 72-hour bandh in protest against the Union Cabinet's approval for creation of Telangana as the 29th state, while Union tourism minister K Chiranjeevi has resigned from his post.
Holding the ruling Congress and main opposition TDP responsible for the decision, Reddy demanded that all Lok Sabha members from Seemandhra regions quit, so that the process of division can be halted.
He took exception to Centre's decision to go ahead with the division without taking on board the resolution of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Jagan recalled that Assembly resolutions were passed when the states of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand were formed.
Actor-turned-politician 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.
PALLAM RAJU OFFERS TO QUIT
Meanwhile, HRD Minister Pallam Raju also offered to resign from the Council of Ministers 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 sentiments 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.
Over two months after the Congress Working Committee put its seal of approval, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the Home Ministry for creation of the 29th state and decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out modalities.
"The Cabinet has given its approval for the creation of a new state of Telangana," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters after the meeting that lasted more than two hours.
He said it was decided that Hyderabad will be the common capital of the two bifucated states for 10 years.