Hyderabad: Sticking to their decision taken on July 1, the Telangana Congress MLAs and MLCs have submitted their resignations to the Assembly Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of the Council respectively on Monday demanding that the Centre and the Congress high command initiate process for creation of separate Telangana State immediately.
According to the Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, 41 MLAs, including two from the PRP, have resigned to their posts and 12 MLCs submitted their resignations to the Council Deputy chairman, Mr Nethi Vidyasagar.
The MLAs submitted their resignations to the Speaker in one-sentence format “I hereby tender my resignation to my seat in the House with effect from July 4, 2011”.
Speaking at the Assembly media point later, the Panchayat Raj Minister, Mr K Jana Reddy, has said that they have resigned to their posts in deference to the wishes of the Telangana people. He said that the leaders who quit their posts would fight for separate Telangana like an ordinary worker of the party. He made it clear that the leaders would not leave the party and work under the AICC Chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to strengthen the party and her leadership. He also made it clear to the high command that they were not defying its authority and were submitting their resignations to convey the feelings of people of the region.
He urged the Centre and party high command to solve the Telangana issue sticking to the announcement made on December 9, 2009. Making it clear that their resignations would not lead to any political crisis or constitutional crisis in the State, he said that they have submitted resignations as per the feelings of Telangana people to solve the issue immediately.
Stating that the day has its own specialty as on the same day the Americans got freedom, he said that the day would show the path to get freedom to Telangana. He said that on same day freedom fighter Alluri Seetharamaraju laid down his life for the sake of the nation and Chakali Ilamma had sacrificed her life to get freedom from erstwhile Nizam rule. Urging the people to support the Congress leaders for achieving separate Telangana, he said that the leaders would fight along with the people of Telangana.
Mr Somarapu Sathyanarayana has said that they were resigning to their posts at an appropriate time. Denying that they fell into anybody’s trap, he said that they submitted their resignations without regrets. He said that they have submitted resignations before the Centre’s decision as it would force the Centre to take a favorable decision. He demanded that the TDP leaders exert pressure on Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu to address a letter to the Centre in favor of Telangana.
The former minister, Mr Jupally Krishna Rao, said that the Seemandhra leaders had obstructed creation of Telangana by resigning to their posts when Ms Sonia Gandhi conceded the demand of Telangana. He said that same weapon was being used now by the Telangana leaders to achieve separate Telangana. He urged the Telangana people to remain united if the Seemandhra leaders hatched any conspiracy to obstruct the process of creation of Telangana. He also urged the TDP leaders of the region to work unitedly with the Telangana protagonists to achieve separate State.
The MLC, Mr Mohan Reddy said that Telangana region was backward in development but not backward in ‘self respect’. The MLA Dr T Rajaiah has said that 43 MLAs have submitted their resignations as the Centre and high command have failed to respond on the decision taken on July 1.
Mr Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said that the resignations were a fitting answer to the Seemandhra leaders, who criticized Telangana leaders in harsh manner. He said that it was time for the Seemandhra leaders to leave the region. He also said that it was up to the leaders who failed to submit their resignations. He said that the Congress leaders would force the Speaker to accept the resignations immediately.
Mr R Damodar Reddy said that the ministers Mr Mukesh Goud and Mr Danam Nagender were not ministers for Hyderabad but were ministers to the entire State. He challenged both the ministers to visit the Telangana region without submitting resignations if they have guts. The MLAs who submitted their resignations have left the Assembly premises pasting a poster ‘Resigned Telangana MLA’ on their car glasses.