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Chaos reigns as Telangana Cong leaders differ on sitting on fast

Posted by on June 28, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: Just days before the July 1 deadline announced by the Telangana Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs, complete confusion and chaos prevailed among the elected representatives with some opposing the resignation move while others asking the leaders to sit on a hunger strike in New Delhi instead of Hyderabad.

Although the Telangana Congress leaders secured permission from the city police to sit on a fast here for two days from July 5, there is no unanimity among the leaders on sitting on the fast. While some are of the opinion that fast would pacify the angry public who are attacking the MPs whenever they are spotted in the districts, some MPs say a fast in Hyderabad will not move the Congress high command and that only an agitation staged in New Delhi during the monsoon session of Parliament will have an impact.

While ministers Basavaraju Saraiah, K Jana Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, K Sudarshan Reddy and Komatireddy Venkata Reddy have already prepared their resignation letters addressed to the assembly Speaker, civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu is against the resignation on the ground that they will serve no purpose. Ministers Sabita Indra Reddy, J Geeta Reddy, Sunita Lakshma Reddy and D K Aruna are also against the resignation move and unwilling to ready their resignation letters.

According to insiders, irrigation minister P Sudarshan Reddy was reluctant to sign the letter and was persuaded by panchayat raj minister Jana Reddy to do so on the assurance that the letters would not be submitted to the Speaker without his knowledge.

All the differences would be sorted out in the meeting scheduled for July 1, the leaders said.

Interestingly, Bhongir MP Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy is for staging an agitation in New Delhi. “If we launch the fast in Delhi during the monsoon session, it would attract national attention and force other parties to talk on the issue. Last time, we successfully stalled the House for more than a week. This time too, we will stall the monsoon session and submit the resignations if the UPA government does not come around. I want to place the proposal before the leaders at the July 1 meeting,” Reddy said.

Those opposed to the resignation move say that is not the solution. “If we resign, we would get elected again in the byelection. How does it put pressure on the party high command. So, I am opposed to the resignations,” said an MP who does not want to be quoted. TOI

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