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7 Seemandhra Congress MPs resign; 5 from TDP follow suit

J. Balaji
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Four Union Ministers who too put in their papers asked not to take any hasty step

Congress MPs from the Seemandhra region Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Lagadapati Rajagopal, and others coming out of the Parliament House after submitting their resignations, in New Delhi on Friday. —Photo: V. Sudershan
Congress MPs from the Seemandhra region Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Lagadapati Rajagopal, and others coming out of the Parliament House after submitting their resignations, in New Delhi on Friday. —Photo: V. Sudershan

Upset over their party’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, six Lok Sabha members and one Rajya Sabha member of the Congress from Seemandhra submitted their resignations on Friday.

The Lok Sabha members -- A. Sai Prathap, Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, Harsha Kumar, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Lagadapati Rajagopal and S.P.Y. Reddy -- submitted their resignations to the Secretary-General of the House, T.K. Viswanathan. The Rajya Sabha member, K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, handed over his resignation letter to Secretary-General Shamsher K. Sheriff.

Mr. Viswanathan told The Hindu that the papers were under examination by the Secretariat.

Informed sources said four Union Ministers from Seemandhra region too gave their resignation letters to party in charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh. They were asked not to take any hasty step as the party was constituting a high-power committee, headed by trouble-shooter and Defence Minister A.K. Antony, to consider their grievances on the Telangana issue.

Hyderabad Special Correspondent adds: After Seemandhra Telugu Desam MLAs, five MPs followed suit and announced their decision to resign their posts. Apart from MPs, several MLAs too resigned taking the number to about 30.

Apparently the MPs took a cue from the action of their counterparts in the Congress and after obtaining clearance from party president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

The MPs who announced their resignation were K. Narayana, M. Venugopala Reddy and Nimmala Kistappa (all Lok Sabha) and Y. S. Chowdary and C. M. Ramesh (Rajya Sabha). Prominent among the MLAs who resigned included deputy leaders, P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu.

If it was party MLAs from Krishna, Ananatapur and Guntur who took the lead on Thursday, today it was those from Nellore, Guntur, Chittoor followed by other districts.

Another Rajya Sabha member, Nandamuri Harikrishna, released an open letter, asserting that though he was not against Telangana as it was linked to sentiment of the people, he was anguished at the way the Congress has left another region in the middle of the road uncared for. Mr. Chowdary told reporters that their resignation was mainly for fighting for the rights of the people of Seemandhra.

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