Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Andhra chief minister opens floodgates of resignations  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Khaleej Times) Central ministers, state ministers, legislators submit resignations; more expected in coming days

N Kiran Kumar Reddy ended his three-year innings as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday when he resigned both from the post and the Congress party in protest against the creation of Telangana state.



The 53-year-old cricketer-turned-politician expressed anguish and dismay in the way Telugu-speaking people, who had remained united for 58 years, were being divided “for votes and seats”. He, however, chose to be evasive on the issue of floating a new political party. “I am resigning in protest against the decision to divide the state and not for power or position,” he said.


“The division of the state is not going to benefit anyone. There are dark days ahead for all the Telugu people, including students, farmers and government employees. And all the parties, including the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Congress, are responsible for the disgraceful manner in which the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha. We hang our head in shame today,” Kiran Reddy said.


The passage of the Telangana bill in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday seems to have opened the floodgates for resignations by ruling party ministers and lawmakers. Central Minister D Purandeswari and state ministers G Srinivasa Rao, Galla Aruna Kumari, T G Venkatesh and E Pratap Reddy, besides about a dozen legislators from the ruling party — all hailing from Seemandhra — have put in their papers. More resignations from the region are expected in the next couple of days, sources said.


With no indications of Kiran Reddy floating the much-anticipated political party, most of the Congress leaders and lawmakers who are quitting are moving towards the main opposition Telugu Desam Party and the fledgling YSR Congress headed by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy which has made major inroads into the vote banks in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.


The Congress, which in any case was expected to lose heavily in Seemandhra, is now focusing on Telangana where it is expected to forge an alliance with the dominant TRS before the general elections scheduled to be held in April/May.


Congress president Sonia Gandhi is literally being deified in Telangana with couple of ‘Sonia temples’ put up by Congress leaders for fulfilling their long-cherished dream of a separate state.


Meanwhile, the shutdown call given by united Andhra organisations was a success in all the 13 districts of Seemandhra with educational institutions, shops and other business establishments remaining closed on Wednesday. Barring incidents of activists burning effigies of Sonia Gandhi in several cities and towns in the region, the shutdown was peaceful throughout the day, police sources said.


The Telangana bill, which was to be taken up in the upper house of Parliament on Wednesday was deferred since the government and the opposition could not reach a consensus over amendments to the bill. The BJP, which supported the bill in the lower house, is rooting for incorporation of at least 32 amendments to the bill, sources said, adding that the bill would definitely come up for discussion on Thursday.


For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes, and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes

Follow @khaleejtimes --


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 30 2014 - Safe haven status boosts investment scope in UAEspanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E political situation in the region has made Dubai into a magnet for families from across the region to set up home and establish regional or global offices for their ...

 Jul 30 2014 - Tech Mahindra eyes expansion in Saudi ArabiaspanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ch Mahindra a specialist provider of connected solutions has announced that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Midad Holding which is a subsidiary of Al Fozan a ...

 Jul 30 2014 - Middle East earns 1 of global market research revenuesspanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E entire Middle East region earned only a meager one per cent of the global market research revenues which indicates the potential for market research that is prevalent in ...

 Jul 30 2014 - Dewa to show smart initiatives at Gitex 2014spanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Bai Electricity and Water Authority or Dewa has announced its participation in Gitex 2014 to be held from October 12-16 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.Dewa will showcase its ...

 Jul 30 2014 - Sico first-half net profit jumps 166spanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Curities & Investment Company or SICO licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a conventional wholesale bank announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014 ...

 Jul 30 2014 - Taqa Arabia eyes Egypt expansionspanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Laa Holdings announced that its energy sector subsidiary Taqa Arabia aims to expand its network of fuel stations in Egypt through Taqa oil marketing company.The company ...

 Jul 30 2014 - Real estate to pick up from next week: Industry expertspanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Bai Land Department transactions exceeded Dh113b for H1 The real estate market in Dubai is expected to pick-up again from next week after a slowdown during the last couple of ...

 Jul 30 2014 - Memon to hand over five projects in 2014spanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Mpany working on Dh1.Memon Investments has planned to hand over five projects worth more than Dh600 million in the next five months and is also planning to launch five new ...

 Jul 30 2014 - ADFD funding in underdeveloped countries hit Dh61bspanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E development finance institution articulates the UAEs continued commitment to support the development process of emerging countries.An exterior view of power plant in ...

 Jul 30 2014 - UK and US preferred by Arab travellers: MarriottspanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E US takes the lead when it comes to bookings with 20 per cent of all reservations closely followed by the UK which accounts for 16 per cent.Marriott International has ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help