Telangana MLAs submit resignations డిసెంబర్ 25, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, bandh, BJP, Congress, elections, Identity, politics, PRP, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Telangana MLAs submit resignations to Speaker
The Hindu, 25 Dec 2009
Protest against change in the Central government’s stand on the formation of a separate State
Speaker confirms receipt of resignations
Speaker plans to consult MLAs individually
HYDERABAD: As many as 63 MLAs from Telangana region, cutting across party lines, have resigned from their posts in protest against the ‘change in the stand of the Central government’ on the formation of Telangana State.
Reacting sharply to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s statement favouring wider consultations, 21 MLAs of the Congress, 27 from Telugu Desam, 10 from Telangana Rashtra Samiti, two from BJP and one Praja Rajyam submitted their resignations to Speaker N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday.
Two TDP MLAs had tendered their papers on Wednesday in protest against alleged ‘indifference’ of their party president N. Chandrababu Naidu to separate Statehood to Telangana. The Speaker, who confirmed the receipt of 61 resignations till evening, said he would, however, consult the MLAs individually as their decision was based on emotions.
He informed that 27 MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions who put in their papers after the December 9 announcement of Mr. Chidambaram, however, withdrew them.
The Assembly premises witnessed hectic activity from morning as Congress and TDP legislators held separate meetings to discuss the implications of Mr. Chidambaram’s latest announcement.
While the TDP MLAs felt that the stand indicated efforts to “water down the separate Telangana issue”, their Congress counterparts expressed disappointment claiming it would send wrong signals on the Congress commitment to Telangana.
The MLAs from Telangana districts were firm on their resignations for participating in the struggle for separate Statehood, those from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation were, however, undecided on the course of action to be adopted.
Only P. Vishnuvardhan (Jubilee Hills) and P. Shankar Rao (Secunderabad Cantonment) submitted their resignations to the Speaker.
Congress elected representatives led by R. Damodar Reddy and others said the resignations should come as an ‘eye opener’ to the party leadership about the aspirations of the people of the region who were struggling for separate Statehood for over 50 years.
The party should clarify its commitment to the formation of the separate State and avoid scope for feelings from some quarters that it had succumbed to the pressure mounted by the lobby of industrialists from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, senior MLA B. Saraiah said.