Union Human Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju on Friday said he has decided to resign from the union council of ministers over the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
"I am deeply offended and aggrieved that we have not been able to articulate the grievances and anguish of the people for the cabinet to take note," Raju told media on Friday.
"In that spirit I had offered to resign yesterday but the honourable Prime Minister asked me not to take a decision in haste.I have thought over it last night and I have decided that I should resign from the Union council of ministers. I have sought an appointment and will be tendering my resignation," he said.
Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi and Minister of State for Railways Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy also filed their resignations over the issue.
Meanwhile, protests rocked the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Friday over the Union Cabinet's decision.
Protests erupted in coastal Andhra Pradesh and the Seemandhra region following the clearance of Telanagana.
A 48-hour bandh has been called in all 13 districts in the state.
According to media reports, schools and colleges are shut, and the bandh has effected the public transport as well.
Protesters have blocked the national highways.
Activists have also banned vehicles from going to the Tirupati temple.
Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters that the protests were understandable, and said "wherever there is bifurcation of any state, such feelings are there".
"We will take them into confidence. We will try our level best. It is natural. No one can avoid these. But we have to console them. We will try to console them," he told reporters in New Delhi.
The minister insisted that the decision had been taken out of a desire to fulfil the Congress' commitment of 2004 - and not the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is also from Seemandhra, will hold a meeting with all ministers from the region on Friday to discuss various issues and future course of action.
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the creation of a new state of Telangana by bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.
After the Cabinet meeting, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told media, "The Cabinet approved the formation of GoM for creation of Telangana. Hyderabad will be the joint capital for 10 years."
India's ruling Congress party on July 30, approved a move to carve out the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the country, giving in to a five-decade-long demand from supporters in a major decision ahead of 2014 elections.
Officially urging the government to take constitutional steps that will see the state's formation, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) passed a resolution following a meeting of the constituents of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The state, which is likely to take few months to be formed, is expected to have 10 districts, a population of 35.38 million and an area of 1.14 lakh square km and including Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad, which serve as a common capital for 10 years.
The Congress has 33 MPs from Andhra Pradesh.
As many as 19 of them are from the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to be included under Telangana state. They are opposed to the division of the state.
--IBNS (Posted on 05-10-2013)