Unfortunate to be CM, says Kiran

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy spoke strongly for a united AP, as he began his argument on the Telangana Bill at the state Assembly on Wednesday.

Reddy said he opposed the state’s bifurcation and said it was “unfortunate” that he was at the helm of affairs at this juncture.

“It’s very difficult to choose between Party and state, that too as a chief minister chosen by party President Sonia Gandhi,” Kiran Kumar Reddy said.

Responding to the objections raised by his cabinet colleague and Telangana leader K Janareddy, the chief minister urged the Telangana leaders to wait till he completes his speech.

Janareddy wanted the Speaker to clarify if the chief minister was speaking for Samaikyandhra as leader of the House or as an individual. "For the record, we the Congress law makers from Telangana are not a part of what the chief minister has just said," Janareddy announced urging the agitating Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) members to allow the chief minister to speak freely.

“It is unfortunate that the resolution favouring Telangana or otherwise was not initiated by this House. Former home minister P Chidambaram, in his December 9, 2009, announcement, said that an appropriate resolution would be passed at the state legislature, but why we were not given a chance to do so,” he questioned.

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