Former Andhra Forest Minister Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy quit his post in the Assembly soon after being dropped from the state Cabineton Saturday. Soon after took a decision of a cabinet shuffle on Saturday, Andhra Forest minister has given resignation from his MLA post on Sunday.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Saturday, in which five ministers, including Gopalakrishnay Reddy, were being dropped and 11 new ministers inducted.
Upset over the decision, Gopalakrishna Reddy, who was the MLA from Srikalahasti, submitted his resignation letter to the CM and to the Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Kodela Siva Prasada Rao.
In his resignation letter, Gopalakrishna Reddy wrote, â€śWhile I believe that I am moving for good reasons, I am sorry to leave...â€ť
According to reports, Naidu justified the ministerâ€™s ouster on grounds of the latterâ€™s continuing ill health.
TDP sources said that Gopalakrishna Reddy was being dropped in order to accommodate Amarnath Reddy, a former member of the opposition YSR Congress party, who had crossed over to the TDP.
Gopalakrishna Reddy is a friend of Naiduâ€™s, and had earlier served as a minister in his Cabinet in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. They both hail from Chittoor district.
The former minister was also injured with Naidu when Maoists targeted the Chief Minister with a landmine blast in 2003 near Tirupati.