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Conveying their displeasure: Ruling Congress MLAs and MLCs protesting outside the Assembly in Hyderabad on Monday.
Conveying their displeasure: Ruling Congress MLAs and MLCs protesting outside the Assembly in Hyderabad on Monday.

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Protest lathicharge on students at Martyrs Memorial

HYDERABAD: Telangana TDP and Congress MLAs continued to differ over submitting their resignations to protest the terms of reference of the Srikrishna Committee with the former insisting on them, while a majority of the latter not so keen to do so.

MLAs of both the parties staged a demonstration at the Martyrs Memorial outside the Assembly premises on Monday to protest against the lathicharge on students of Osmania University and the media personnel.

Nagam’s ultimatum

Those belonging to the TDP protested after boycotting the Governor’s address to the joint session of the legislature, while Congress legislators before entering the Assembly. The TDP MLAs also staged a dharna at Gate I before they were removed by security personnel, a few minutes before the Governor’s arrival.

Addressing the media at the memorial, senior TDP legislator Nagam Janardhan Reddy said all Telangana MLAs should resign to precipitate a constitutional crisis to build pressure on the Centre to straightaway introduce a bill on Telangana in Parliament.

He said the party MLAs from Telangana would submit their resignations the moment Congress legislators hand over their letters to the all party Joint Action Committee (JAC). It was the responsibility of JAC and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao to extract resignations from Congress MLAs.

Contrasting stands

In contrast, Congress MP Manda Jagannatham said his colleagues from Telangana were opposed to resignation as nothing could be achieved by it. However, the MLAs decided to protest the Governor’s address and come out of the Assembly.

Congress MLA Basavaraju Saraiah too said resignation was not the answer to pressure the Central Government to modify terms. Instead, the Congress members would express their resentment in the Assembly everyday to send out a loud and clear message to the government.


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