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AP political impasse continues
Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS/ AGENCIES):
Published on 14 Dec. 2009 12:06 AM IST
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The political impasse in Andhra Pradesh over the Telangana issue continued Sunday but state ministers from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have decided to reconsider their decision to resign following an appeal of the chief minister. Out of 20 ministers who Saturday decided to quit, 13 met here Sunday evening following an appeal of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and state Congress chief D. Srinivas not to press their resignations. After the meeting, Minister for Municipal Administration Anam Ramnarayan Reddy said they discussed the chief minister’s appeal. Since seven ministers could not attend the meeting, it was decided to meet again on Monday and convey their views to the chief minister. The ministers Saturday announced their decision to quit Chief Minister Rosaiah’s ministry to protest the central govenment’s move to divide the state to carve out a proposed Telangana. The ministers also decided to attend the assembly Monday. Thirteen ministers from Telangana region, who were also planning to resign, met here separately. After their meeting, Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy met the chief minister to convey their views. The ministers, however, rejected the proposal for a joint meeting with their counterparts from the two regions. Congress sources had earlier said that the ministers of all the three regions would hold a joint meeting to resolve the crisis. The proposal came amid growing speculation that the state could come under president’s rule. Rosaiah Saturday conveyed to the party’s central leadership the ministers’ decision to resign. Sources said the leadership asked Rosaiah to convince the ministers not to take any hasty step as this could lead to imposition of president’s rule. As many as 138 legislators, including 80 of the Congress party, from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have already submitted their resignations to the assembly speaker. State Congress president Srinivas appealed to all those who have resigned to withdraw their resignations to avert a crisis. Talking to reporters, Srinivas said the central leadership would address their concerns. Srinivas said he had no information that the party leadership was sending emissaries to resolve the crisis. Meanwhile, Sources in Delhi insisted Central rule was not imminent and strongly denied Rosaiah had offered to resign. “In such a regionally charged atmosphere, there is no question of Congress appointing another chief minister. And dissolution would mean fresh elections, something the ruling party would not want at this stage. If the assembly is placed under suspended animation, it can always be revived when the situation improves,” a Congress politician told TOI.

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