• CHIEF MINISTER QUITS IN ROW OVER NEW INDIAN STATE

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    NEW DELHI: The chief minister of an Indian state resigned on Wednesday in protest at a contentious bill to split his state in two, a plan which has triggered chaotic scenes in parliament. Kiran Kumar Reddy announced he was stepping down “with heavy heart” as chief minister of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and from the ruling Congress party over the bill to create the country’s 29th state. The bill was expected to be introduced on Wednesday into parliament’s upper house to carve the new state called Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, after a decades-long campaign.

    AFP

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