Meeting between CM and AP legislators ends
The meeting between the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and the legislators ended and according to reports no other minister is expected to resign. Apart from the law minister, who quit some time back, no other minister was expected to resign.
Pilgrims caught in protests
Many pilgrims enroute to the Tirupathi temple suffered as the buses refused to ply uphill and began their journey on foot.
Andhra Law Minister quits
Andhra Pradesh Law Minister Erasu Pratap Reddy resigned from his post on Friday and also from primary membership of Congress in protest of the bifurcation of the state. He tendered his resignation to Governor ESL Narasimhan on Friday afternoon.
Jagan lashes out at the government
YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy lashed out at the government for bifurcating Andhra and said that the bifurcation was done in a haste. "The bifurcation was done for votes." He said that he will go on a indefinite hunger strike from Saturday and called for an Andhra bandh. He questioned the bifurcation and asked if it was right to divide the state, without any proper consultation with the people of the state.
He highlighted the water issue in the state and other problems that the state currently faces and will face if the bifurcation took place. He asked the ministers, who took the decision, to give a serious thought about their decision.
He has urged all the MPs from Seemandhara to resign in protest of the bifurcation. He said today the government has divided Andhra, tomorrow it will be some other state.
Union HRD Minister Pallam Raju resigns
Union HRD Minister Pallam Raju, who submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said that his decision to resign was not taken in a haste and that it was a carefully thought out. He also expressed his displeasure that the Cabinet and said "I am deeply offended and aggrieved that the cabinet did not take any note of our anguish."
Politicians sympathise with the people of Seemandhara
Minister of Home Affairs Sushil Kumar Shinde earlier sympathsied with the people in the region and said that wherever there is a bifurcation in a state, the feelings are there. "No one can avoid these, but we can console them," he said. He also ruled out the possibility of creating any more new states.
Congress MP L Rajgopal to move SC
Terming the decision as 'unconstitutional' and 'undemocratic', Congress MP from Seemandhara L Rajgopal said that he will move the Supreme Court and will challenge the decision.
Hyderabad to be joint capital
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday night said that Hyderabad would be the joint capital for both Seemandhara and Telangana. The next elections in the state would be held in Telangana and Andhra respectively.