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Kiran Reddy mulls new party with expelled Cong MPs

IANS  Hyderabad, February 23, 2014
First Published: 15:13 IST(23/2/2014) | Last Updated: 16:21 IST(23/2/2014)

Andhra Pradesh caretaker chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday held talks with six MPs expelled from the Congress and state ministers loyal to him to chalk out his future course of action.

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Kiran Reddy, who last week resigned as chief minister and from the Congress to protest the bifurcation of the state, discussed his reported plans to float a new political party in the Seemandhra region.

L Rajagopal, Sabbam Hari, V Arun Kumar, Sai Pratap, Harsha Kumar and R Sambasiva Rao, who were expelled from the Congress for moving a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha against the UPA government, attended the meeting.

State ministers S Sailajanath, P Satyanarayana and Parthasarthi were also present at the meeting.

Kiran Reddy resigned as chief minister and quit the Congress after the Lok Sabha passed the bill for formation of a Telangana state.

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He alleged that the Congress had done grave injustice to Telugu-speaking people.

Governor ESL Narasimhan has accepted Kiran Reddy's resignation and asked him to continue as caretaker chief minister.

The Congress has not yet taken a decision whether to name a new chief minister or impose President's rule.

The central government is likely to issue in a couple of days a gazette notification for formation of Telangana and the successor state of Andhra Pradesh.


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