Congress party’s central leadership has reportedly advised the Seemandhra party MPs not to press for acceptance of resignation letters, which it feels could land the UPA Government in an embarrassing situation.

Sources said the AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh had spoken to MPs not to resort to extreme action like insisting on acceptance of their resignations. The party is stated to have asked them to confine themselves to protests only and not to precipitate matters as it wants the Food Security Bill to be passed at any cost in the monsoon session itself. It was not taking any chance and wants to see that all party MPs attend the House.

After stalling the proceedings of the Lok Sabha on Monday, the first day of monsoon session, Congress MPs from Seemandhra have decided to continue the protest in the coming days also.

One of them, S. P. Y. Reddy told The Hindu from New Delhi that the MPs would meet at the residence of Rajya Sabha member K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao on Tuesday. “We have decided to continue our protest against division of State. We want the State to be kept united,” he said.

In a related development, six Seemandhra Ministers – K.S.Rao, D.Purandeswari, Panabaka Lakshmi, M.M.Pallam Raju, K.Chiranjeevi and J.D.Seelam met in the Parliament House to discuss the developments. They decided against quitting their posts and felt that they would effectively address the concerns of the people of Seemandhra, if they continued in the Union Cabinet. They also decided to put forth the apprehensions of the Seemandhra people to the two-member high powered committee headed by Union Defence Minister A.K.Antony.

In Hyderabad, Congress MP G. Veerashiva Reddy at a press conference demanded that the Seemandhra Ministers should resign. He lamented that when the TDP MPs were staging protests, it was not proper for the Ministers to keep silent when the interests of Seemandhra people was at stake.

On the other hand, Government Whip T.Jayaprakash Reddy said bifurcation will not benefit the people of Telangana. He cautioned the people of the region not to fall for the glib talk of TRS chief K.Chandrasekhara Rao.