New Delhi: As expected, Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar on Sunday hinted that a taking a decision on whether to accept or reject the mass resignations submitted by the MLAs from Telangana region, cutting across party lines, would be a long drawn out process.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the fifth conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians, Mr Manohar said that, “I will take a decision on the resignations of Telangana MLAs after meeting each of them individually in Hyderabad.”
The AP State Legislative Assembly Speaker added, “I have to study the issue from all possible angles. I will also consult Constitutional experts, former Speakers and anyone else necessary to rule out the possibility that the resignations were submitted under any duress.”
“I will meet the Legislators who have resigned personally, one at a time, and ask them whether they have handed in their papers due to pressure mounted on them or taken the decision on their own,” Mr Manohar added.
When pressed to hint at a time frame, the Speaker said “I will not take any decision on the resignation of MLAs immediately. Besides, I will not make any comments on the resignations without studying them. Before taking any decision, I will also take the prevailing situation in the state into consideration.”
“I will not take any unilateral decision on the resignations,” he emphasised.
Mr Manohar arrived here from the United States of America after participating in TANA meetings on Sunday to attend the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians conference. The Conference will be held from July 9 to July 12, the second time that the event is being held in the country.
He is expected to reach Hyderabad on July 13. (INN)