Hyderabad: The Endowments Minister, Mr Jupally Krishna Rao, has sent his resignation letter to the AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to his minister post requesting her to accept it in case the Centre was not inclined to introduce Telangana Bill in the ongoing Parliament Budget Session.
He also forwarded a copy of his resignation letter to the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Mr Krishna Rao made it clear that he would submit the same to the Governor, Mr E S L Narasimhan, if the Centre failed to table a Bill on Telangana in Parliament. “I will attend to the office till Parliament budget session ends”, he said, adding that he would go on fast if the need arises.
Speaking at the Assembly media point on Thursday, Mr Krishna Rao said that he would not resign from his MLA’s post at the moment and added that he would resign from the elective post too at an appropriate time.
Refuting the allegations that he was resigning from his Cabinet post because he was not happy with it, Mr Krishna Rao said that the Seemandhra leaders were spreading lies and hatched a conspiracy to belittle his resignation. Refuting charges that he was enacting drama on his resignation without sending it to the Governor, Mr Krishna Rao said that he was trying in his own way to bring pressure on the Centre on the Telangana issue. He said that he would not remain a mute spectator in the Assembly when the people, students and employees of the region were fighting for the sake Telangana, irrespective of caste and creed and the MLAs from the region were boycotting the Assembly session.
Condemning the Eluru MP, Mr Kavuri Sambasiva Rao’s remarks, Mr Krishna Rao said that Telangana people were synonymous with sacrifices and pulled up the former for stating that the Telangana leaders cannot survive even for an hour without position. While some nations even smaller than Telangana got freedom, the Telangana people were struggling for separate State for the last five and-a-half decades in a vain.
Reiterating confidence in Ms Sonia Gandhi, Mr Jupally said that the Congress president was ready to concede Telangana, but the Seemandhra leaders were obstructing the process by influencing the Centre. He also said that some of the Seemandhra leaders were talking one thing and doing something. Revealing that he had explained the volatile situation prevailing in the State in the letter sent to Ms Gandhi, he made it clear that the Telangana issue was his first priority and the party was his second priority. (NSS)