Hyderabad: Despite efforts by the party
leadership to mollify them, Telangana Congress MPs, MLAs and
MLCs on Sunday asserted that they would submit their resignations
en masse tomorrow as announced earlier.
"As per the collective decision taken on July 1 by
Congress MLAs, ministers, MLCs and MPs, we (Telangana
Congress MPs) are going to Delhi. It is decided to submit our
resignations between 11 am and 12 noon tomorrow," Ponnam
Prabhakar, Karimnagar MP, told reporters here.
"We are not quitting the party. We have decided to resign
for the sake of Telangana. We humbly request again that
Telangana be given," he said.
Andhra Pradesh Panchayati Raj Minister K Jana Reddy asked
the party leaders in Telangana, who are away from Hyderabad,
to submit their resignations tomorrow.
Congress Rajya Sabha member and senior party leader K
Keshav Rao said there is no compromise on the issue of
The Telangana Congress leaders met here earlier in the
day to discuss the situation arising out of their decision to
quit en masse.
The assertion by the Telangana Congress leaders to resign
came even as Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and state
Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana reportedly continued
efforts to prevent the lawmakers from quitting.
The Chief Minister and the PCC president had yesterday
urged the Telangana leaders to reconsider their decision.
The Congress MPs, MLAs, MLCs and ministers from Telangana
region held a meeting on July 1 and announced their decision
to quit in support of their demand.
Union Minister and in-charge of party affairs in the
state Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was in Hyderabad on July 1, had
made it clear that a decision on Telangana issue cannot be
taken in haste as it had a national bearing.
The remarks of Azad came under sharp criticism from party
leaders like K Keshav Rao who described it as "nonsense".
There are 294 seats in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
Around 50 MLAs, 11 MPs and 16 MLCs of Congress are from
Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam MLAs from Telangana announced
that they would submit resignations soon after the ruling
party leaders did so.