Kiran Kumar Reddy resigns as CM, quits Congress

Kiran_1761771gAndhra Pradesh CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy announcing his resignation at a press conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Photo: Mohammed YousufKIRAN_KUMAR_REDDY__1761679g

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy staging a silent protest at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

Kiran also said that he will not be the caretaker Chief Minister and he is on his way to meet the Governor to submit his resignation.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy submitted his resignation to the Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Reddy had earlier announced his decision to quit from the post and the party in protest against the Central Government decision to “divide the Telugus for the sake of votes and seats”.

Flanked by eight Cabinet colleagues and over a dozen MLAs/MLCs, the Chief Minister alleged that the Congress leadership in collusion with the main Opposition BJP had ensured passage of the bifurcation Bill in Lok Sabha setting aside all the democratic conventions and practices. “We strongly condemn the shady deal between the Congress and the BJP is ensuring passage of the Bill much against the interests of the Telugu speaking people,” he said.

The Chief Minister evaded replies when asked whether he would float a new party as was being reported. “It is not my future or political career at stake. The interest of the Telugu speaking people on the two sides of the divide is at stake and I have decided to quit in resentment against the unilateral manner in which the party leadership went ahead with bifurcation,” he said.

The Chief Minister appeared determined over his decision to quit from the post and the party when he said was not going to continue in the post any more even if the Congress leadership asks him to do so. “I will request Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to make alternate arrangements at the earliest. It is difficult for me to continue in the post,” he said.

He recalled his family’s association with the Congress since 1962 and said it was not an easy decision to quit the party that “gave me the post of Chief Minister”. But he was compelled to take the decision as it was against the Telugus and the Congress leadership had completed the process without the involvement of Telugus. The MPs from the affected area were not given an opportunity to even study the Bill and the concerns of the people of the region were not taken into consideration, he said.

Mr. Kiran Reddy said he was not against the aspirations of the people of Telangana. But he was opposed to the decision to divide the State as it was not in the interests of the two regions. Development would suffer with immediate effect while disputes between the two States in power, irrigation, education, employment and other sectors would become annual feature, he added.

The eight ministers who were present at his press conference were Pithani Satyanarayana, S. Sailjanath, M. Mahidhar Reddy, T.G. Venkatesh, Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy, Erasu Pratap Reddy, K. Parthasarathy and Ganta Sreenivasa Rao.

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