The Telugu Desam Party's MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions - who submitted their resignation letters in protest against the Centre's announcement on a separate Telangana - have insisted that the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, should accept their papers.
A delegation of about two dozen TDP MLAs from the region led by senior legislator, P. Ashok Gajapati Raju, called on the Speaker with an appeal to expedite the procedures involved in accepting their resignations. Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have explained to the delegation about the formalities to be followed in the process and his efforts to obtain legal opinion from the Advocate General.
Emerging from the meeting, Mr. Gajapati Raju admitted there was an unusual political situation in the State following the en masse resignations of the legislators cutting across political lines. "We have asked the Speaker to commence verification of the resignation letters so that the process goes to its logical end at the earliest. Mr. Reddy has assured that it will be started in a couple of days," he said.
Another TDP MLA, P. Keshav, said the State was witnessing a peculiar political situation as the "regions instead of parties are prevailing" ever since the Centre made its announcement.