Minister resigns over Telangana issue
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh's Infrastructure Minister Komatireddy Venkata Reddy yesterday resigned in protest at the delay of the Congress leadership in taking a clear decision for the formation of a separate Telangana state.
Venkata Reddy, from Nalgonda district of Telangana region, met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation as minister and as member of the state assembly.
Another Congress legislator C. Lingaiah also resigned. Venkata Reddy had set September 30 as the deadline for the Congress' central leadership to make a clear announcement on the Telangana issue.
He has planned a day-long fast at Nalgonda tomorrow. Venkata Reddy is the second minister from Telangana to resign over the separate statehood issue.J. Krishna Rao had resigned as the minister on May 31. The governor had accepted his resignation on the recommendation of Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Meanwhile, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government yesterday said it needs ‘some more time' to find a solution to the vexed issue.
"We are aware of the gravity of the situation. We are in the process of consultations.
"We need some more time and further consultations," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.