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Some relief for Andhra CM

Beleaguered Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah received some relief on Tuesday when all 20 ministers who had offered to resign and press against creation of a separate Telangana state, attended a cabinet meeting called by him in the evening.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2009 23:44 IST
Ashok Das

Beleaguered Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah received some relief on Tuesday when all 20 ministers who had offered to resign and press against creation of a separate Telangana state, attended a cabinet meeting called by him in the evening.

The 75 MLAs from the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, however, made no move to take back their offers to quit the Assembly over the emotive issue of separate statehood for Telangana.

The ministers, who also hail from the two non-Telangana regions, resolved to stand united and not speak in divergent voices on the statehood issue.

They also decided to stand by Rosaiah and abide by decisions taken by the Congress High Command.

The ministers promised the CM that they would work unitedly for the development and progress of Andhra Pradesh.

The ministers however expressed their disapproval of the police mishandling the agitation by students of Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Anantapur district.

In Vijawada, wealthy Congress MP Lagdapati Rajgopal launched an indefinite fast to protest creation of Telangana state. Posters appeared in the city, hailing Rajgopal as the next CM of Andhra Pradesh.