Telangana: Seemandhra Ministers meet PM, urge him to accept their resignations
New Delhi, October 7, 2013
As violent protests continued in the Seemandhra districts of Andhra Pradesh against the Centre's move to create a separate state of Telangana, four Union Ministers from the region met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here today and urged him to accept their resignation from their posts.
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari Devi told newspersons that she, along with Mr M M Pallam Raju, Mr K Chiranjeevi and Mr Surya Prakash Reddy, met Dr Singh and expressed their inability to continue in the Council of Ministers in the circumstances.
She said they had explained in detail to Dr Singh the situaiton on the ground in Andhra Pradesh.
She said the people of Andhra Pradesh had expected the A K Antony Committee, set up by the Congress, to visit the state and listen to their grievances and concerns about the Centre's decision to create Telangana.
Ms Purandeswari said that, since the committee had not visited the state, people had lost confidence that justice would be done to them.
"So we have explained the entire situation to the Prime Minister and urged him to accept our resignations," she said.
Mr Chiranjeevi said the Prime Minister had urged them to give him some time to think about the issue.
The agitation has affected normal life in the Seemandhra and Rayalaseema regions, where road and rail traffic as well as power supply have been disrupted.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde briefed Dr Singh about the latest developments in Andhra Pradesh.
While YSR Congress President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy continued his indefinite fast against the Telangana decision in Hyderabad today, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu began a hunger strike against the move in Delhi today.
In Hyderabad, Chief Secretary P K Mohanty held a video conference with district collectors, police officials and other officials of the affected districts to take stock of the situation and discuss steps to restore normalcy.
The district officials were told to ensure maintenance of law and order and prevent the destruction of private and public properties.
In view of the strike by the employees of the electricity department, the South-Central Railway (SCR) today partially cancelled some passenger trains because traction power supply was disrupted.