Three Seemandhra ministers likely to resign today

The Seemandhra Congress leaders plan to exert pressure on the party high command to delay the Telangana process for the maximum possible period

Published: 02nd September 2013 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd September 2013 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

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With indications emerging from Delhi suggesting that the Centre might put the T process on fast track in the second week of September, Seemandhra Congress leaders are getting jittery. They have decided to make all-out efforts to stall the process.

After reconciling themselves to the fact that their party high command is in no mood to reverse its decision on state bifurcation, they have now devised a new strategy to exert pressure on their leadership to delay the process to the maximum possible period.

As per their latest strategy, the Seemandhra leaders will henceforth exert pressure on their high command in a staggered manner.

In the first step, three ministers - Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Erasu Pratap Reddy, Pinepe Viswaroop - are learnt to have decided to submit their resignation papers to governor ESL Narasimhan on Monday opposing the proposed state bifurcation. Minister Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy is also contemplating to follow them.

Ganta Srinivasa Rao on Sunday said he along with two more ministers would submit resignations to the governor on Monday.

In the second step, the Seemandhra leaders including ministers, will stage a sit-in on the Assembly premises on Tuesday in support of united AP.

On the same day the Union ministers and MPs from Seemandhra will make a power-point presentation before the AK Antony committee in Delhi on the concerns of Seemandhra.

The Seemandhra MPs will formulate their fresh strategy soon after the Parliament session ends on September 6.

Meanwhile, Some Seemandhra Congress leaders including Vundavalli Arun Kumar, JC Diwakar Reddy and Gade Venkata Reddy along with ministers S Sailajanath, Kondru Murali Mohan and Danam Nagender met chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at latter’s camp office here on Sunday.

During the meeting, the leaders are understood to have resolved to intensify efforts in Delhi to persuade their high command to slow down the T-process.

The line of thinking of the Seemandhra leaders is that if they could exert pressure on their leadership to delay the process till November, then the focus would be shifted to the elections scheduled in  four states in November/December.

They are of the opinion that they can prevent bifurcation of the state till 2014 polls.

On the other hand, six Union ministers and some MPs will meet in Delhi on Monday and take a final decision on the issue of writing a letter to Sonia Gandhi to request her to reconsider her decision on Telangana.

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