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‘If we fail, we’ll quit’

‘If we fail, we’ll quit’
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The Union Ministers and MPs from Seemandhra region had to face the ire of the APNGOs for having failed to prevent the party high command to take a decision in favour of separate Telangana. Ministers like V Kishore Chandra Deo, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and K Chiranjeevi were said to have told them that they were ready to resign any moment but were holding back the resignation letters as they wanted to be a bridge between the Centre and the people of region.

  • Seemandhra Ministers, MPs try to placate APNGOs
  • NGOs refuse to buy, demand their resignations

Hyderabad/New Delhi: The Union Ministers and MPs from Seemandhra region had to face the ire of the APNGOs for having failed to prevent the party high command to take a decision in favour of separate Telangana. Ministers like V Kishore Chandra Deo, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and K Chiranjeevi were said to have told them that they were ready to resign any moment but were holding back the resignation letters as they wanted to be a bridge between the Centre and the people of region.

Chiranjeevi and Kavuri were said to have said that they had suggested UT status for Hyderabad since the high command was adamant to go ahead with its decision. “If we fail in our aim to keep the state united, we will quit,” the duo are said to have told the APNGO. But this did not cut any ice with the employees. Led by their president Ashok Babu, they accused the Ministers of having failed to put any kind of pressure on the high command. He was understood to have said that these leaders were clinging to power when the region was on boil.

He also expressed his unhappiness over the manner in which some of them came up with the proposal of Rayala Telangana. Ashok Babu told them that they could not even make the Centre desist from reiterating its stand that it would not go back on its decision. They told the Seemandhra leaders that there were reports that the T bill would be introduced in the Parliament soon. “What purpose would it serve if you people decide to resign at that of time,” they asked the ministers.

However, the union ministers and the employees agreed to constitute a coordination committee which could be headed by Kavuri. This panel will work out action plan to take forward the ongoing agitation. The meeting that lasted over two hours in the Parliament annexe on Thursday saw the APNGOs firing salvos at the leaders. Later speaking to media, Ashok Babu expressed hope that soon the Central ministers and MPs would resign from their posts. He said they also expressed their solidarity with the proposed public meeting to be held on September 7.

MP Ananta Venkatarama Reddy said a decision on resigning from the posts would be taken by the ministers and MPs in next two to three days. He said, "We will participate in the United Andhra movement on Saturday and Sunday. We have resolved that nothing short of keeping the present AP intact is acceptable to us. We will put in every possible effort to stall the T process," he added.

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