Centre may impose Prez's rule in AP

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Hyderabad, Dec 13: With Andhra Pradesh continuing to be in turmoil over the Telangana issue, the Centre is likely to bring the state under President's rule and place the legislature in suspended animation.

On Saturday, Dec 12, 20 ministers from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions decided to resign from the Cabinet in protests against the creation of a separate Telangana state.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah reportedly pleaded before the ministers to continue and instead promised to himself step down.

Sources say the Congress high command may give Rosaiah the go-ahead to step down. If that happens the state Assembly would then be placed under suspended animation and President"s Rule imposed.

The Andhra Cabinet has 34 members in the Council of Ministers, including the Chief Minister. Of them, 20 hail from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions while 13 are from Telangana. The 20 non-Telangana ministers met and decided to step down.

Municipal Administration Minister Ramnarayana Reddy said, "We have decided to put in our papers as the UPA government announced going ahead on the process of creating Telangana without consulting the other er affected parties. Besides, there is tremendous pressure on us to quit from our respective constituencies."

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