Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned from office, the Congress and the Assembly “in protest against the Centre’s highhandedness in bifurcating the State”. His resignation was immediately accepted by Governor ESL Narasimhan, perhaps paving the way for a spell of President’s rule in the State.
The expected move came even as the number of his supporters dwindled drastically in the last few days, leaving him isolated and wondering whether to float a new political party.
Meanwhile, in Delhi the Rajya Sabha could not take up the Bill for the formation of separate Telangana as the confabulations between the government and the Opposition continued till late in the evening to reach a consensus over amendments in the Bill. The Upper House witnessed several adjournments and high drama over strong protests from Seemandhra MPs, AIADMK members on the Tamil Nadu fishermen issue and other matters.
After the House was adjourned for the day, Minister of State for Parliament Affairs Rajeev Shukla said, “We tried our best to bring the Telangana Bill in the Rajya Sabha today. But there were certain issues which were pointed out by the Leader of Opposition. We are trying to pursue them and I am hopeful that the Bill will be tabled tomorrow.”
Kiran Reddy toyed with the idea of forming a new party to cash in on the Samaikyandhra sentiment. But with the Lok Sabha passing the Telangana Bill on Tuesday, he is said to be having second thoughts.
According to his close aides, he is considering two options. One, to go into ‘political hibernation’ for a few years. Two, to float a party. As Kiran has resigned from the Congress too, some of his supporters said he now has no option but to launch a new party.