Hyderabad: Leaders and media persons in the city went in a tizzy on Thursday, wondering what is up the sleeves of Ministers hailing from Telangana, as news that they are gearing up for confrontation with the High Command over the contentious statehood issue, and in fact some of them have already signed their resignation letters, came through.
With the details sketchy and hard to come by, the question uppermost in minds of the leaders and scribes whether the Ministers from Telangana region are indeed willing let alone gearing up for confrontation with the party leadership in New Delhi, remained unanswered.
Six Ministers from Telangana region absented themselves from today’s Cabinet meeting despite Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s appeal to them not to skip the said meeting.
However, Information and Public Relations Minister D K Aruna, when asked to clarify on the subject replied that the Telangana Ministers had secured the permission from the Chief Minister earlier.
All the six Ministers, according to sources here, as a first step towards registering their protest are contemplating to hand over their resignations to Panchayat Raj Minister Jana Reddy, to be passed on to the member of the Congress Core Committee on Telangana and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Secretary to Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, besides Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.
Minister for Backward Classes Basavaraju Saraiah, Civil Supplies Minister Duddilla Sridhar Babu, IT and Endowments Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Panchayat Raj Minister janareddy, Sports Minister Komatireddy Rajgopala Reddy, Major Irrigation Minister P Sudharshan Reddy and Minister for Major Irrigation Geetha Reddy were said to be still camping in New Delhi to register their protest over the Telangana issue.
Apart from Ministers, MPs and public representatives from Telangana region have also met at the residence of Union Minister Jaipal Reddy and held deliberations.
The ministers in order to bring pressure on the centre over Telangana, are understood to have expressed willingness to quit and asked Mr Jana Reddy to convey their stand to the High Command.(INN)