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AP cabinet meets, resignation threat over, for now

india Updated: Dec 15, 2009 23:13 IST
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The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday met for the first time since the announcement of a separate Telangana state was made and the resignation threat by ministers on the issue of division of the state has receded for now.

"There is no rebellion in the Cabinet. All the 33 ministers attended the official meeting of the Cabinet here today," Information Minister J Geeta Reddy told reporters at the end of the meeting in the Secretariat.

She said ministers from Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have also decided that there would be no more criticism of each other over the state bifurcation issue.

"All have cooled down after the talks with Chief Minister K Rosaiah. We have decided to work together towards a common goal and strengthen his hands," she said.

The ministers decided to exercise restraint and work unitedly in the interest of the state. "We are of the view that this is a very sensitive issue which the Congress high command is looking into," Geeta Reddy noted.

The ministers agreed with Rosaiah's contention that development and welfare would badly suffer if the political crisis persisted for too long.

Rosaiah is understood to have told the ministers not to go public with their personal views on the statehood issue.

Rosaiah was also particular that maintenance of law and order was very important and asked the ministers to take the lead in cooling tempers.

The threat of resignation by the ministers on Telangana issue seems to be over at least for now, said a minister who attended today's cabinet meet.

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