Telengana issue snowballs; 60 MLAs, MPs, and MLCs resign

At least 27 MLAs and 5 MPS (mostly from Congress) tendered their resignations on Thursday over Union Govt’s decision to split Andhra Pradesh and create Telengana. According to another media reports the number of resignations have gone up to 60 with the MLAs saying they will be lynched by their constituents if they supported the move to create Telengana state.

Two senior Congress MLAs and former ministers JC Diwakar Reddy and DL Ravindra Reddy were among the early movers. While Diwakar Reddy represents Tadipatri Assembly constituency in the backward Anantapur district, Ravindra Reddy is from Mydukuru in Kadapa district of Rayalaseema.

Both were strong proponents of a unified state. Informed sources said TDP MLA Ramakrishna from Venkatagiri in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district too resigned. But TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu is said to be dissuading his party MLAs from doing so.

Congress sources said many more MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have said they would resign ahead of the proposed resolution in the Assembly seeking creation of Telangana state.

Several ministers and MLAs hailing from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have strongly decried the Congress high command’s “unilateral decision” to initiate the process for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress legislators from these regions are in consultation with their colleagues in Telugu Desam Party and trying to muster support against the division of the state.

As reports emerged that more MPs from the Andhra region are planning to resign to register their protest, Congress President Sonia Gandhi convened a meeting of party MPs from the state to discuss the issue in New Delhi.

The resolution is likely to be passed in the State Assembly since all the opposing MLAs have resigned. The resignations have been tendered without any positive planning and may result in mayhem.

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Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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