Outgoing Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in his resignation letter to the Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan on Wednesday said his conscience did not allow him to continue any longer.

The following is the text of the letter, he submitted to the Governor:

The decision to bifurcate the State of Andhra Pradesh, the first linguistic state in the country, unsupported by any policy, for no stated reason, rejected by the State Legislature, without following any conventions, laid-out procedures and not in conformity with the Constitutional provisions is patently arbitrary, unreasonable and unconstitutional, more so in the absence of any consensus among the people of the State.

I am disillusioned with the disrespect the Union Government and Lok Sabha had shown to the State, its Legislature and the people by suspending public representatives from Andhra Pradesh and not providing an opportunity to any one of them to express their views. The manner in which the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha reflects the new depths to which our Parliamentary Institutions have sunk in.

My conscience does not permit me to continue as Chief Minister any longer. Hence, I hereby, tender my resignation as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. I request you to kindly accept the same with immediate effect. I am grateful to you for your guidance and cooperation in the discharge of my responsibilities during my tenure as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

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