Bill to create Telangana tabled in LS, Andhra CM may quit

With the bill for formation of separate Telangana state set to come up for debate in Parliament, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is preparing to resign.

NEW DELHI: The bill for creating Telangana has been moved by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in the Lok Sabha amid din in the house even as the Congress assured its leaders from Seemandhra of justice and the BJP said it was in favour of separate state but concerns of the region should be addressed.

Soon after the house resumed its proceedings after the first adjournment in the morning, members opposing bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, including some union ministers, came near the speaker's podium.


In Hyderabad, sources closes to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said he will submit his resignation once the debate begins in Lok Sabha on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013.

Congress state chief Botsa Satyanarayana meanwhile appealed to him and chiefs of the TDP and YSR Congress to accompany him to Delhi for making last-ditch effort to stall the state's division.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday assured central ministers and party MPs from Seemandhra that justice would be done to their region while carving out separate Telangana state.

Union Minister of State for Finance JD Seelam told reporters after a meeting with Gandhi that they submitted their demands include making Hyderabad a union territory for a specific period, sharing of revenue of Hyderabad between Telangana and Seemandhra and special packages for north coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, and hoped these would be considered.

Earlier Monday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters outside the parliament house complex that the bill will be taken up Tuesday even as protests were held in national capital by groups and parties opposed to bifurcation of the state

"The Telangana bill will come up for discussion in the Lok Sabha Feb 18," he said, adding those who want to oppose can do so "in a parliamentary manner".

Andhra Pradesh chief minister may quit

With the bill for formation of separate Telangana state set to come up for debate in Parliament Tuesday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is preparing to resign.

The chief minister will submit his resignation once the debate begins in Lok Sabha on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013, said sources close to the chief minister.

Kiran Reddy, who is strongly opposed to state's bifurcation, Monday night spoke to Chief Secretary P. K. Mohanty and Director General of Police B. Prasada Rao, in what is believed to be his last meeting with the two top officials before submitting his resignation to the governor.

The chief minister also reportedly issued orders, transferring some officials close to him in his office to different departments.

Kiran Reddy's aides were Tuesday busy shifting his personal belongings from his office at the secretariat and also from his official residence.

At a meeting with the ministers and legislators loyal to him Sunday, Kiran Reddy had said that he would quit immediately after the Telangana bill was taken up for debate in parliament.

Rahul Gandhi assures justice to Seemandhra

Rahul Gandhi Monday assured central ministers and party MPs from Seemandhra that justice would be done to their region while carving out separate Telangana state.

With Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 coming up for debate in Lok Sabha Tuesday, Gandhi held a meeting with Seemandhra MPs to seek their cooperation in passing the bill.

The demands include making Hyderabad a union territory for a specific period, sharing of revenue of Hyderabad between Telangana and Seemandhra and special packages for north coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

Central ministers Kishore Chandra Deo, K.S. Rao, M.M. Pallam Raju, D. Purandeswari and others attended the meeting. Minister of state for railways K. Suryaprakash Reddy did not attend.

Congress general secretary incharge of party affairs in the state Digvijaya Singh and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who is a key member of Group of Ministers on Telangana, were also present. (IANS)