Telangana Bill issue: Read N Kiran Kumar Reddy resignation letter

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 19 2014, 20:22pm hrs
TelanganaTelangana Bill issue: Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy announces his resignation from his post and Congress party during a press conference, in Hyderabad. AP
Furious at the way the Telangana Bill issue panned out, a furious Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy sent his resignation letter to the governor.

N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who today quit his post as CM and the Congress party too, has expressed disappointment over the manner in which Andhra Pradesh was being divided to create Telangana.

In his resignation letter to Governor E S L Narasimhan, N Kiran Kumar Reddy has said, "The decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, the first linguistic state in the country, unsupported by any policy, for no stated reason, rejected by the State Legislature, without following any conventions, laid-out procedures and not in conformity with the Constitutional provisions is patently arbitrary, unreasonable and unconstitutional, more so in the absence of any consensus among the people of the State."

"I am disillusioned with the disrespect the Union Government and Lok Sabha had shown to the State, its Legislature and the people by suspending public representatives from Andhra Pradesh and not providing an opportunity to any one of them to express their views," N Kiran Kumar Reddy wrote in the letter.

"The manner in which the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha reflects the new depths to which our Parliamentary Institutions have sunk in," he further wrote.

"My conscience does not permit me to continue as Chief Minister any longer. Hence, I hereby, tender my resignation as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. I request you to kindly accept the same with immediate effect.

"Iam grateful to you for your guidance and cooperation in the discharge of my responsibilities during my tenure as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh," he mentioned.

Raj Bhavan sources said the Governor has accepted the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy's resignation letter and asked him to continue till alternative arrangements are made.