Textiles Minister K.S.Rao resigns over Andhra bifurcation issue
Union Textile Minister K.S. Rao resigned from his post on Thursday over Andhra Pradesh bifurcation issue.
He submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said that bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh did not seem right to him that was merely based on of sentiments of the people.
"I requested him to accept my resignation today itself. And major reason for me to resign is the way in which Andhra Pradesh was divided. Right from the beginning my word is if government of India or any party, for that matter, were to think of dividing a state, there must be some scientific basis for it," said Rao.
Rao has not yet decided on whether to quit the Congress party but will not be fighting the upcoming general elections on behalf of the party.
He is reportedly also planning to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but he did not give confirmation for the same.
"I am not in talks with Rajnath Singh, but I met Rajnath Singh," said Rao.
The former cabinet minister has been associated with Congress for the last decade. He was elected to the lower house of the parliament in 1984, 1989, 1998, 2004 and 2009.
(Posted on 03-04-2014)