Telangana row: Andhra Pradesh CM Reddy resigns, quits Congress

Hyderabad, Feb 19: N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has resigned as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and has also quit the Congress Party.

“I can’t continue. I am resigning from the post of CM, MLA and membership of the Congress Party,” Reddy told media here this morning.

He also criticised the Congress and said the new state of Telangana was being created simply for votebank politics.

“For seats and votes, the Telugu people have been divided. I condemn it,” he said.

“Every norm has been violated. The bifurcation has been done in a highly undemocratic manner”, he added.

On Tuesday, the Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill by voice vote, which proposes the formation of a new state of Telangana out of a united state of Andhra Pradesh.

Several members of parliament of the opposition parties like the Janata Dal (United), and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), however, had staged a walkout in protest over the manner in which the Bill was tabled and passed in the House. (ANI)