26 July New Delhi: Friday is a crucial day for the state of Andhra Pradesh. The Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest decision-making body, is meeting here today and is expected to discuss the issue of creation of a separate Telangana state threadbare.
The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, among others.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana and Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Raja Narasimha have also been summoned to the national capital for the crucial talks, that could lead to a decision on the vexed issue.
The meeting is being held at a time when Congress ministers from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra have already reached here to pursue the united Andhra Pradesh cause.
The Congress Core Group had discussed the Telangana issue earlier this month and decided to refer the long-pending matter to the Congress Working Committee for a final view.
Meanwhile, amid talk that Congress leadership may take a decision in favour of separate Telangana, a ruling Congress MLA and two YSR Congress legislators from non-Telangana regions yesterday said in Hyderabad that they have “resigned” from their posts in support of the united Andhra Pradesh cause.
Congress MLA from Kamalapuram in Kadapa district G Veerashiva Reddy, who showed his ‘resignation letter’ to mediapersons in Kadapa, said he is quitting in support of the united Andhra Pradesh cause. He said he would send his resignation letter to PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana.
YSR Congress MLAs Balineni Srinivasa Reddy (Ongole) and Gurnath Reddy (Anantapur) also said they have resigned.
(With PTI inputs)