Telangana: Speaker rejects Cong, PRP MLAs resignations
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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 immediately.

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 festivities.


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

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