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ANTARNATAKAM : Sonia’s birthday gift of separate Telangana, 96 MLAS resign డిసెంబర్ 10, 2009

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96 MLAs resign over Telangana statehood

NDTV Correspondent, Thursday December 10, 2009, Hyderabad

A surprise announcement at midnight, sanctioning a new state, has backfired colossally for the central government.

96 MLAs from Andhra Pradesh have resigned in protest against the government’s green light for a separate state of Telangana. They come from different parties, and belong Coastal Andhra or Rayalaseema. 43 resignations from the Congress, 42 from Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party, another 11 from Chiranjeevi’s Prajarajyam Party (PRP).

At the end of the long day, Congress leaders in Delhi worked for a consensus. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi held discussions with senior leaders on Thursday night. After the meeting, party sources said they were not unduly worried over the developments and hoped a consensus would be arrived at amicably.

Speaking to NDTV earlier, Law Minister Veerappa Moily said the party is concerned with the mass resignations in Andhra.

On Wednesday night, Home Minister P Chidambaram Okayed a Telangana state – after weeks of tension in Andhra, and hours ahead of a gigantic rally in Telangana that showed all the potential of a violent uprising. Defending the late-night decision, Chidambaram on Thursday said, “The matter could not have waited another day. We had to restore normalcy and by and large it has been restored.”

An explanation now rejected by his own men. “We are terribly hurt by the High Command’s decision. We want Sonia Gandhi to change her decision,” says Anam Vivekananda Reddy, a Congress MLA from Nellore. The unspeakable act – its own men lashing out at the party’s top leadership – reflects the midnight miscalculation of the Congress. If the resignations are accepted, the Congress will be in minority. The TDP and PRP which had earlier said they would support a resolution on Telangana have done a u-turn, in the face of widespread opposition from their own MLAs. (మరింత…)