Party MPs, fearing rout in the next elections, are chalking out their plans
Four Congress MPs from Seemandhra have submitted their resignations to the Secretary General of Lok Sabha again with a plea that they may be accepted with immediate effect.
Congress MPs – Lagadapati Rajagopal (Vijayawadaa), A. Saipratap (Rajampet), Vundavalli Arun Kumar (Rajahmundry) and Sabbam Hari (Anakapalli) handed over their papers. Soon after the CWC decision to divide the State, 13 MPs had resigned and Speaker Meira Kumar had rejected the same last Friday.
On Monday, the MPs preferred to give their letters separately unlike last time when they went in a delegation. Some of the other MPs such as Ananta Venkatarami Reddy, S.P.Y. Reddy, Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, G.V.Harsha Kumar and Kanumuru Bapiraju may resign but not press for acceptance immediately.
Congress circles said the MPs had different agenda on hand. For instance, Mr. Rajagopal was now sailing with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who had raised a banner of revolt against the high command. Leaders say he is keen on launching a new party to deflect anti-Congress wave gripping Seemandhra region.
Party MPs fear the worst-ever rout in the next elections and are chalking out their plans. Already, S. P. Y. Reddy and Ananta Venkatarami Reddy, MPs, are tipped for the YSR Congress party ticket.
Meanwhile, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh appealed to theses MPs to reconsider their decision to resign and reminded them of their assurance to abide by the high command decision. “Now that the party has taken a decision, they should not go back on their word. I know they are facing a tough situation, but we all should work together to find out a solution,” he said.