Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, who has always been against splitting Andhra Pradesh, has resigned from his post of Union Tourism Minister in protest against the Union Cabinet's approval of the formation of separate Telangana, his aide said. The Tollywood actor has faxed his resignation to the Office of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his personal assistant said.
Chiranjeevi, who hails from Coastal Andhra, felt anguished over the way the protests in Seemandhra regions going on for over two months, against the division of Andhra Pradesh were handled. He has come under intense pressure from the united-Andhra supporters in the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions following the Congress Working Committee's endorsement of separate Telangana demand on July 30.
After late veteran actor Nandamuri Rama Rao, the Megastar Chiranjeevi is the next Telugu film star, who has opposed and condemned the idea of curving out Telengana from the united-Andhra Pradesh. But following the UPA's decision, the Samaikhyandhra supporters, who are upset with the actor, have been demanding that he should quit his post to mount pressure on the Congress leadership towards halting the division of Andhra Pradesh.
We bring you the brief information about Chiranjeevi's journey from an actor to a Union Tourism Minister. Continue to read it in the slideshow.