New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is
expected to take a decision on the resignation of 13 MPs from
Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh before the Monsoon session
of Parliament that begins on August one.
"I suppose so. Yes," Kumar told reporters when asked
whether a decision on the resignations, most of them by
Congress MPs, would be taken before the upcoming session.
The resignations for pressing the demand for a separate
Telangana have put the Congress-led coalition at the Centre
under pressure over deciding the contentious issue.
"It is sad to receive so many resignations. These are
under my examination," Kumar said to a volley of questions
including whether she considers them a voluntary act and
whehter is was just a drama under pressure from the people.
To all these questions, the Speaker said she cannot say
anything till she had examined the resignations.
"There are rules that govern resignation of MPs. I will
follow those," she said.
Asked whether she would allow the MPs to raise the
Telangana issue in the Lok Sabha, Kumar said "I always allow
MPs to speak in the House, but not from the Well".
On whether she expected a tumultuous Monsoon session, she
said "I do not mind having a tumultuous House. But House
should not be adjourned. The business of the House should be
transacted and Question Hour should not be disrupted."
Of the 13 resignations, nine are of Congress MPs and two
each of TDP and TRS.