A major political development can be expected in the next few days once the note on bifurcation of the State comes up before the Union Cabinet in the first week of October with strong hints that the PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana may quit his Ministerial post.

Signals emanating from the Central leadership indicate that the note on division is likely to be considered by the Union Cabinet meeting on October 3 after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returns from his US tour.

Mr. Satyanarayana on Friday reportedly dropped hints that he would resign his ministerial post in such an eventuality.

He called on Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan on Friday evening and reportedly discussed latest political developments.

Sources said he was feeling let down that the Congress high command had not given any thought to the on-going agitation in Seemandhra region despite 60 days of protests.

Meets Governor

He reportedly conveyed to the Governor about the likelihood of resigning if the high command was more concerned about going ahead with the process of bifurcation rather than addressing the concerns of the Seemandhra region.

Sources said that if he quit, there was a possibility of the senior Ministers in the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government also following suit.

Leaders' apprehension

Congress leaders expressed the fear that Centre would not hesitate to impose President’s Rule in the State to hasten the process of division in the wake of stiff resistance from Seemandhra party men.

Aggressive stand

The aggressive stand taken by the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy was said to be another cause of worry for the top Congress leaders.

Some of the Congress leaders feel that the Chief Minister decided to take on the high command in a bid to project himself as a martyr if he was forced out of office.