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Congress MPs stand firm on resignations

Could eventually quit Congress if it does not weigh in favour of a Telangana state

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Hyderabad: The seven Congress Lok Sabha members who resigned from parliament insist they will not go back on the decision unless the centre gives in to their demands and moves a bill that will see the creation of a separate state.

The lawmakers submitted their resignations to the office of Congress president Sonia Gandhi late on Wednesday amid high drama.

Though some differences had cropped up with in the group, with at least one MP — Madhu Yashki Goud from Nizamabad — unwilling to press ahead with the resignation on Wednesday, the lawmakers today declared that they were of one accord.

“The resignations of all the seven MPs, including mine, have been handed over to the Congress president office by Ponam Prabhakar,” Yashki said in New Delhi on Thursday.

The Telangana MPs met at the residence of senior party leader K. Keshav Rao to discuss the situation.

“We have submitted our resignations seriously as there can not be any compromise on [the] Telangana state,” said S. Rajaiah, one of the MPs.

He, however, said the lawmakers will remain in the Congress until their resignations are accepted.

K. Rajagopal Reddy, one of the seven, said they did not intend to join another party.

Keshav Rao said there was no differences among the party MPs on the issue of their resignation.

“There is no question of going back now”, he said.

Keshav Rao, however, expressed satisfaction over the statement of AICC spokesperson P.C. Chacko that the Congress was not against a Telangana state.

Keshav Rao said the lawmakers, in a letter addressed to Gandhi, had made it clear that if the Congress did not take a definite stand in favour of a Telangana state, it would be difficult for them to remain in the party.

Significantly, Madhu Yashki did not attend the meeting held in Hyderabad on Thursday.

On Yashki’s stand that when high command weighs in favour of a Telangana state, then there will be no need for resignations, Keshav Rao said it would up to each lawmaker.

Meanwhile, the Telangana Joint Action Committee will convene its steering committee meeting on Saturday in Hyderabad to chalk out its future course of action.

The meeting will discuss the plans for a Padyatra through the region, as well as Chalo Assembly programme. The cases booked against the government employees in connection with the earlier indefinite strike and the spate of cases booked against the TJAC and TRS leaders for their recent speeches will also figure in the meeting.

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti on the other hand has rejected the allegation of Congress leaders that it had set “impossible” conditions before the Congress high command for its merger, thus forcing the high command to delay the decision on Telangana.

Responding to allegations tabled by the Congress, senior TRS leader and former MP Vinod Kumar said that if any one was a stumbling block in the way of formation of Telangana state, it was the Rayalseema and Andhra leaders of the Congress party.

“It is false propaganda that KCR [K. Chandrashekhar Rao] had demanded CM’s [chief minister’s] post and important posts for his family members,” he said. “Some newspapers are indulging in this propaganda to damage the image of our party and the leader”.

Meanwhile, a court in Visakhapatanam has issued summons to Chandrashekhar Rao and TJAC convenor Professor Kodanda Ram in connection with their alleged hate speeches in Hyderabad.

On a complaint filed by United Andhra Pradesh Action Committee, the court issued notices to the leaders to appear before it on February 15.