However the Governor asked N Kiran Kumar Reddy government and the council of ministers to continue in office till alternative arrangements are made.

A Raj Bhavan press communiqué said Governor ESL Narasimhan has accepted Reddy’s resignation and asked him to continue in office till alternative arrangements are made.

Reddy, 53, a pro-united AP leader, had quit from the post, party and as MLA in protest against the Congress' and Centre's decision to divide the state and the way the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill was dealt with in Parliament.

A section of the AP unit of the Congress is in favour of propping up an interim government, contending that their prospects in Seemandhra are bleak now in view of the party pushing ahead with the formation of Telangana, coupled with the anti-incumbency factor having been in office for ten years.

However, it's going to be a herculean task for the Congress to build a consensus on a successor to Kiran Reddy as the CLP is sharply divided along regional lines. The term of the Assembly, which began on June 3, 2009, would end on June 2, 2014.

The formation of Telangana state now awaits the formal nod of President with the Bill having been passed in both Houses of Parliament.

(JPN/Agencies)

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