Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014


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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday resigned from the post of CM, MLA and membership of the Congress party a day after the Telangana Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha. Reddy said, “I am resigning from the post of the chief minister, as MLA and also from Congress party.”


“For votes all political parties have done harm to Telugus. Even the live telecast was stopped. It was undemocratic. A bill rejected the by the assembly has been passed.  They didn’t give us time to study the Cabinet note.” Reddy alleged that the creation of Telangana was a part of Congress’ vote bank politics.”Telangana creation was a vote bank politics.  For seats and votes Telugu people have been divided. I condemn it.  Injustice has been done to the people. Division of state won’t help both the regions,”


Law minister E. Pratap Reddy had earlier confirmed that the chief minister would put in his papers as the central government is going ahead with the process for formation of separate Telangana state.


The minister also indicated that Kiran Reddy may float a new political party. Kiran Reddy, who defied the Congress leadership openly over Telangana issue, was earlier holding consultations with ministers and legislators from Seemandhra over the issue of Telangana. , Reddy would now meet Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to submit his resignation.   The bill seeking the creation of a separate Telangana state was passed on Tuesday in the Lok Sabha by a voice vote amid din in the house.

The telecast of the Lok Sabha proceedings debating the Telangana bill was stopped on the request of speaker Meira Kumar, which was criticised by those opposing the Telangana bill.

Protests by central ministers and MPs from Seemandhra led to repeated adjournments of the house since morning even before the bill was discussed in the parliament.

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