In a blow to the ruling UPA coalition, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister from Congress – Kiran Kumar Reddy has resigned over the Telangana – Seemandhra row and has announced that he will form a new party.
Announcing his decision, after having a meeting in the North Block, New Delhi, the AP Chief minister has sent his resignation to governor ESL Narasimhan, as a mark of protest to bifurcate the state of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra.
“I have failed to fulfil my duties,” – Kiran Kumar Reddy
The Lok Sabha had passed the Telangana bill on Tuesday, with much furor and protests from the MPs belonging to both the regions inside the Parliament. The major opposition party BJP had lent its support for creating the state of Telangana.
Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad, Kiran Reddy told the reporters that “I’m resigning for failing to fulfil my duties,”.
Jaganmohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu protest
The state of Seemandhra is literally in a very fragile state, as the entire region has taken serious protests against the bifurcation. Many political parties including the YSR Congress and TDP have been trying to project themselves as the forerunners for the protest movements.
YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy had criticized the decision by Congress vehemently and alleged that the recent Pepper spray protest inside the Parliament was just a gimmick to suppress the protesters. TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu has also been very critical of the split decision.