AP minister quits over Jagan issue

Controversial Andhra Pradesh Cabinet Minister Konda Surekha resigned from the Rosaiah Ministry on Thursday evening accusing ‘seniors’ within the party for ‘conspiring’ to prevent the appointment of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as the chief minister. Surekha, a loyalist of the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was at the forefront of the Jagan-as-CM campaign. She was part of the group of ministers who refused to acknowledge Rosaiah as their leader. She dismissed Rosaiah as a ‘temporary’ CM.

Surekha, who submitted her letter of resignation to Governor N D Tiwari on late Thursday, later told the media that she was deeply pained over the denigration of the late YSR by a section of Congress party which countered Jagan’s campaign saying YSR was not responsible for the return to power of Congress last May. She also named two Telugu newspapers for joining hands with the ‘Kamma’ caste lobby and spreading canards that if Jagan was made CM, factionalism would be revived in Rayalaseema region.

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