New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister K Sambasiva Rao today resigned from the Union Cabinet protesting bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, fuelling speculation that he may join BJP.
The five time Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh confirmed reports that he had met BJP President Rajnath Singh but said he was not in talks for joining the saffron party.
If he joins the BJP, Rao would be the second Congress Minister from Seemandhra to switch over to the principal opposition party after Purandeswari, who quit Congress protesting division of Andhra Pradesh.
Rao met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed over his resignation, asking him to accept it with immediate effect and relieve him from his responsibilities.
"I am not contesting in this election on behalf of Congress party... I am not in talks with Rajnath Singh, but I met him (Rajnath Singh) for whatever reason you imagine," Rao told reporters after meeting Singh.