Centre's decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana instead
of dying down the issue
created ripples in political parties in Andhra Pradesh today with as many
as 60 legislators and three MLCs from the Congress, TDP and Praja
Rajya Party submitting their resignation to the Speaker.
the MLAs who submitted resignations belong to coastal Andhra and
Rayalaseema regions of the State.
However, the Assembly speaker is yet to accept their resignations.
Congress has 158 out of the 294 seats in the Assembly with just 10
MLAs have strongly decried the Congress high command's "unilateral
decision" to initiate the process for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
"This decision is very painful for us. Lakhs of people from other
regions of the state have come to Hyderabad in search of livelihood.
What would be their fate if the state is split," P Venkatramaya, a
Congress legislator from Krishna district, said in the Assembly.
Telugu Desam MLA P Raghunatha Reddy said they resigned from their
posts as the Congress took a unilateral decision to move a motion in
the state assembly for the formation of Telangana State. TDP MLC N
Rajkumari, who also announced her decision to quit, claimed that
about 20 legislators have expressed their readiness to quit but
party president Chandrababu Naidu has asked them to wait.
Centre's decision to give separate
Telangana is being described as a gift given by Sonia Gandhi on her
birthday. Is the state a cake to be cut into pieces and
distributed," Rajkumari asked.
Meanwhile, unhappy with the Centre's
decision to carve out a separate Telangana state out of Andhra
Pradesh, Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal resigned from Lok Sabha.
Rajagopal, the Vijayawada MP, met Speaker Meira Kumar this morning
and submitted his resignation letter. He then left for Hyderabad
vowing to fight for unified Andhra.
Andhra Congress sources said some more MPs from coastal Andhra and
Rayalaseema region are unhappy and could follow his footsteps.
Sonia Gandhi will meet Congress MPs from the state over the issue.