Seemandhra ministers firm on stand as anti-Telangana protests continue in AP
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Seeking to mount pressure, four Union Ministers from Seemandhra region on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to accept their resignations over Telangana creation but got no assurance.
Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh continued to simmer with protests against the proposed bifurcation of the state as curfew remained in place in restive Vizianagaram town and large areas plunged into darkness with electricity employees on strike.
HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju, Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State for Commerce D Purandeswari and Minister of State for Railways Surya Prakash Reddy, all Congress leaders, met Singh together to press for acceptance of their resignations. They decided not to attend office.
Singh said he will look into their requests.
Explaining reasons for their decision to quit the government, Purandeswari said, "we need to go back to the people and tell the people how we want to solve (the issue). People are not wiling to listen to us unless we tender our resignation and go back as one of them. So as long as we continue as Ministers they are not going to listen to us."
She said they presented the entire situation to the Prime Minister and requested him to accept their resignations.
HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju along with Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari, Minister of State for Communications and IT Killi Krupa Rani, Minister of Textiles K Samba Siva Rao, Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, Minister of State for Petroleum Panabaka Lakshmi, and Rajya Sabha member and Minister of State for Tourism (independent charge) K Chiranjeevi had on Friday submitted their resignations, a day after the Cabinet gave the nod to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and formation of Telangana.