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29 Jagan loyalist MLAs decide to resign

On the offensive: Former Minister Pilli Subash Chandra Bose announcing the decision of the pro-Jagan MLAs to resign, in Hyderabad on Sunday. – Photo: M. Subash

On the offensive: Former Minister Pilli Subash Chandra Bose announcing the decision of the pro-Jagan MLAs to resign, in Hyderabad on Sunday. – Photo: M. Subash  

Congress faces possibility of erosion in its majority if resignations are accepted

Andhra Pradesh was faced with the prospect of another political crisis on Sunday when 29 MLAs owing loyalty to YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy announced their decision to resign their membership of the Assembly to protest the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) dragging in the name of late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy into the disproportionate assets case.

Since 27 of these MLAs belong to the Congress, the ruling party faced the possibility of a significant erosion of its majority in the 294-member Assembly if the resignations are accepted. The MLAs said their intention was only to protest against the attempt to tarnish YSR's image and not to bring down the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government.

Emergency meeting

They earlier held an emergency meeting to discuss what they felt were highly disparaging references to YSR in the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the CBI on the A. P. High Court's orders.

For three days till Saturday, the CBI conducted extensive searches of the business premises and residences of Mr. Jagan and the corporate offices of companies that invested in his firms.

Two Congress MPs, M. Rajamohan Reddy (Nellore) and Sabbam Hari (Anakapalli), and two TDP rebel MLAs, who are sailing with the Kadapa MP, said they would resign. In the 294-member Assembly (one seat is vacant), the Congress has a strength of 173 (including 18 PR MLAs who merged with the Congress) and enjoys the support of seven MIM and three independent members.

The MLAs said they would travel in a bus from the party office, pay homage to YSR's statue and hand over their resignations to Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Briefing reporters, former Minister Pilli Subash Chandra Bose said “the Congress Government is gradually diluting all the schemes launched by YSR. But, inclusion of his name in the FIR is unpardonable.

How can the Congress high command discredit YSR after praising him earlier,” he said.

Earlier, APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana cautioned Jagan loyalists against falling prey to his personal political agenda.

Puts onus on MLAs

Talking to reporters, he said when the entire country was fighting corruption under the banner of Anna Hazare, it would be suicidal for the MLAs to think of resigning their seats.

“You are answerable to your constituents. Think twice before you take any decision,” he said.

The TRS was quick to cash in on the developments, with party MLA K. Tarakarama Rao calling upon elected representatives from the region to unite and tender their resignations.

“When 28 MLAs can decide in four hours to resign for their departed leader, why can't the Telangana MLAs get their resignations accepted for the cause of statehood,” he said.

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