Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi on Thursday morning resigned from the state assembly and vowed to fight for a united Andhra Pradesh.
Stating that the Telangana sentiment has been exploited by political leaders at all levels, the PRP chief put the signature on his resignation letter in front of the media and said it would be forwarded to Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy later in the day by one of his MLAs.
Claiming that a united Andhra is in the best interests of the people of Telangana, Chiranjeevi said he would undertake an extensive tour of the Telangana region and educate the people as to why an undivided state is more beneficial to them. “I may face a lot of opposition, but I will still undertake it,” he said and vowed that his stance of an AP where social justice is ushered in will not change.
The PRP chief’s announcement triggered protests from the Telangana party workers who had assembled outside the party office at Jubilee Hills. The police had to take a few of them under preventive custody.
Chiranjeevi’s resignation will now shift the focus on the two MLAs from Telangana who are among the 18 legislators elected from that party.
While all the PRP legislators from the non-Telangana regions had already submitted their resignations to the Speaker in protest against the division of the state, PRP MLA from Balakonda Y Anil resigned from the house on Wednesday and A Maheshwar Reddy from Nirmal in Adilabad district, the remaining party MLA from the region, is likely to put in his papers later on Thursday.