Pressure was asserted on Centre through a fresh political turbulence in Andhra Pradesh after a majority of elected representatives from Telangana including 11 Ministers submitted their resignations for a separate State.
The on-line resignation forms had an ominous ring than last year as the prescribed format under the rules was followed this time.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, AICC general secretary, requested the legislators not to take any decisions in haste and at Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy met his Ministers and asked them to discharge their duties.
81 MLAs out of 119 MLAs from Telangana, a dozen of Members of Parliament, including one from the Rajya Sabha, and 17 MLCs belonging to Congress, the TDP and others put the papers. The Central Government will get a breather till the 9th of July, till the return of Assembly Speaker, N. Manohar from the United States.
In dramatic turnaround, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) called a 48-hour bandh for July 5 and 6. Jana Reddy also denied that their actions were aimed at creating a political or constitutional crisis.
Lok Sabha Secretary-General T.K. Vishwanathan that no decision was taken by Speaker as of now and there is no time limit for such a decision.
Mr. Kesava Rao, former APCC president, denied criticism of it being a “gimmick” and further stated that they were identifying themselves with the people of Telangana. He also stated that, “The Centre on December 9, 2009 virtually announced Telangana. But it has not been implemented. Now, we are helpless before the Telangana people.”
If there is “Concrete assurance” from the Congress leadership about the formation of Telangana, then the MPs would consider withdrawing the resignation letters.
Report by Sumit