New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI):Congress is not looking for any political advantage in the decision to carve a Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh, senior party leader and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Friday.
“We have not seen any profit for Congress while taking this decision. It was a Congress commitment and we have fulfilled it,” he told reporters when asked whether Congress would be electorally benefited following creation of Telangana.
There have been sugestions that Congress has checkmated its opponents in Telangana and Seemandhra regions and will be electorally benefited following the decision to create Telangana.
On July 30, the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body, decided to recommend to the central government to form the 29th state which will comprise 10 districts.
Following the CWC decision, the Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to go ahead with creation of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh taking the first legal step for its statehood.
Meanwhile, Union human resource development minister Pallam Raju has decided to resign from the Cabinet opposing the decision to split Andhra Pradesh.
“Yesterday, I met the Prime Minister and offered to resign. He told me not to take a hasty decision. I have thought over it last night. I have decided that I should resign from the Union Council of Ministers,” he told reporters.
He said he has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Raju, who hails from Seemandhra region, has been strongly opposed to the division of Andhra Pradesh and has been critical of the way the government was going about on the issue.
There were also reports that two ministers of state -- D Purandeshwari and Killi Kriparani-- have also offered to resign but there was no confirmation.
Last night, Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi and Textiles Minister K S Rao had also offered their resignation.