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2 Andhra ministers meet CM, submit resignation

PTI  Hyderabad, May 20, 2013
First Published: 03:35 IST(20/5/2013) | Last Updated: 03:43 IST(20/5/2013)

Andhra Pradesh home minister P Sabita Reddy and roads and buildings minister D Prasada Rao, who were named as accused in disproportionate assets case involving Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy, late on Sunday night submitted their resignations to chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

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The two "tainted" ministers put in their papers following a directive to the effect by the Congress high command, sources said.

Sabita and Prasada Rao met the chief minister at his camp office late tonight and submitted their resignations and left the place in their private vehicles, the sources said, but there was no confirmation from the CMO on the resignations.

Sources indicated that the resignation letters would be forwarded to governor ESL Narasimhan on Monday for approval.

Prasada Rao had submitted his resignation earlier and even stayed away from duties for long, but he was asked to continue in office.

Sabita too had offered to quit, but she was also persuaded not to resign.

While Prasada Rao, the then revenue minister in the YS Rajasekhara Reddy government, was named as an accused in CBI chargesheet in the Vanpic land allotment scandal, Sabita, who was previously minister for mines, was listed as an accused in the illegal allocation of mines to certain cement companies.

During his series of meetings with AICC top leadership, including Sonia Gandhi, Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have been asked to drop the charge-sheeted ministers.


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