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TRS not to rethink on quitting Cabinet

KCR meets Sonia Gandhi, refuses to withdraw Ministers' resignations

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Tuesday reasserted that the party would not retract its decision to pull out of the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Government in Andhra Pradesh, and urged the Congress leadership to relieve the TRS Ministers who had put in their papers.

After a meeting with the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, the TRS chief and Union Minister, K. Chandrasekhara Rao, said he had politely turned down the request of Ms. Gandhi to withdraw the resignations of the five Ministers. He said the sixth TRS representative and Transport Minister, S. Santosh Reddy, too, would resign from the Government in due course.

There is no question of review [to come out of the Andhra Pradesh Government] and we have requested Ms. Sonia Gandhi not to force us to take back the resignations," Mr. Rao told a press conference. Besides Mr. Rao, the Union Minister, A. Narendra, senior party member, K. Jayashankar, B. Vinod Kumar, MP, and others were also present.

Mr. Rao also requested the Congress president to expedite the report of the Pranab Mukherjee Committee on Telangana. She informed Mr. Rao that the committee would meet here on July 8. Mr. Rao said he was satisfied with the meeting the TRS delegation had with the Congress president. "She was graceful and sympathetic on Telangana."

Digvijay meets KCR

On his part, Mr. Santosh Reddy told correspondents that he had a talk with Mr. Rao and told him that he would resign on July 14 after the Chief Minister came back.

Earlier in the day, the AICC general secretary, Digvijay Singh, called on Mr. Rao to discuss the problem. He suggested that the TRS give him a list of works that the party had been suggesting for development of the region. Mr. Singh said the list would be sent to the State Government and a meeting could be arranged with the Chief Minister after his return from overseas trip.

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