New Delhi, Oct 4 (ANI): Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister M.M. Pallam Raju, who today resigned from the Council of Ministers protesting the Union Cabinet's nod to the creation of a separate Telangana state, said he is deeply offended and aggrieved that the concerns and sentiments of the people of the region have not been taken into consideration.
According to reports, Pallam Raju has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
"It is a very sad day for Andhra Pradesh and I am hurt and aggrieved the way the decision has been rushed to bifurcate the state. Consequent to the CWC decision, there has been an agitation that has been raging for over two months in the Andhra and Rayalseema regions of Andhra Pradesh," he told media here.
Pallam Raju said noting the agitation, the Antony Committee was formed by the party to look into the genuine grievances and concerns of the people of the two regions.
"And we were hopeful that the Antony Committee would hear the grievances and do the course correction in the direction that would be given to the government in order to proceed with the bifurcation. Without waiting for that, the Cabinet has rushed with the decision of forming the Cabinet note and which has been approved by the Cabinet yesterday," said Pallam Raju.
"And I think this has been done in great haste without understanding the issues concerned, without understanding the concerns of the region, without taking into consideration the sentiments of the people. And it is going to be harmful and detrimental to the long term interests of the state," he added.
Raju, a senior leader from Seemandhra region, had earlier last night made the offer to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who, however, asked him to continue.
Raju, who is understood to have conveyed his unhappiness to the Prime Minister, is the second Union Minister to tender his resignation.
Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi had earlier last night resigned in protest against the Cabinet's nod to Telangana.
According to reports, an upset Chiranjeevi, who hails from Coastal Andhra, faxed his resignation to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) last night.
The actor-turned-politician has quit his post to mount pressure on the Congress leadership towards halting the division of Andhra Pradesh.
The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the creation of a new state of Telangana by bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.
The city of Hyderabad will function as the common capital for both the States for a period of ten years. The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents of all the regions of the State including the guarantee of the Fundamental Rights.
The Union Cabinet further approved that the GoM will go into the various issues which concern both the States and suggest appropriate measures to address them.
The GoM will also work out the modalities for the provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States. (ANI)