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Telangana: Speaker rejects Cong, PRP MLAs resignations

Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 22:58

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker
N Kiran Kumar Reddy tonight rejected the resignations of three
Telangana MLAs, two Congress and one Praja Rajyam Party,
after they met the former tonight and reportedly requested to
"not accept" their resignations.

The two Congress MLAs were R Damodar Reddy and Cheruku
Mutyam Reddy while the PRP legislator was Maheshwar Reddy.

While official sources confirmed the Speaker`s decision,
they did not disclose the reasons for rejection of the three
MLAs` resignations.

The three MLAs submitted their resignations to the
Speaker along with 10 TRS and one BJP MLA on February 14.

While the Speaker accepted the TRS and the BJP MLAs`
resignations, he kept his decision pending with regard to the
two Congress and one PRP legislators.

The Speaker also accepted a TDP MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh
Babu`s resignation, which was submitted in December last on
the Telangana statehood issue.

The PRP MLA joined hands with the Congress duo and met
AICC leaders in New Delhi to express their resentment over the
Terms of Reference for the Srikrishna Committee, formed to
look into the contentious issue.

The Congress high command, however, took a serious view
of the two MLAs` resignation and directed them to withdraw it

Damodar Reddy and Mutyam Reddy met the Speaker late
tonight along with state Labour Minister R Venkat Reddy
(Damodar?s brother) and reportedly requested Kiran Kumar Reddy
to not accept their resignations.

Maheshwar Reddy, who was also present, too made a similar
plea, the sources said, adding "accordingly, the Speaker
rejected their resignations," they added.

Clear stand on Telangana: JAC to pol-parties

Mounting pressure on political
parties, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) formed to spearhead
the separate Telangana agitation on Thursday asked them to make
their stand on the separate statehood issue clear before the
Sri Krishna Committee.

"We request them to submit a clear stance before the Sri
Krishna Committee appointed by the Centre on the Telangana
demand and make it public," JAC Convener C Kodandaram told
reporters here tonight.

The people have a right to know the stand taken by the
political parties, he said.

The ruling Congress and main Opposition TDP are virtually
split on the Telangana issue with public representatives
expressing the views of their respective regions.

At a meeting of eight recognised political parties
convened by the Centre on January 5, Congress and TDP
presented arguments in favour and against the division of
Andhra Pradesh.

The fresh demand by the JAC is likely to mount pressure
on the Congress and TDP to take a clear stand on the issue.

The Sri Krishna Committee has written to the "designated
presidents" of eight recognised political parties in Andhra
Pradesh to furnish their responses on the contentious issue.

Meanwhile, the JAC asked the Telangana people to organise
protests during `Kam dahan`, celebrated as part of Holi


First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 22:58
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