Hyderabad: With senior Congress leaders unable to make them change their minds, eight Congress Lok Sabha members and a Rajya Sabha member from Telangana are slated to submit their resignations on Monday.
The MPs will meet the Presiding Officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively on Monday and submit their resignation in protest against the Central government not making its stand clear regarding a separate Telangana state.
On Sunday evening the nine Congress MPs paid homage at the martyrs’ memorial at Gun Park opposite the Assembly buildings before leaving for New Delhi. The eight Lok Sabha members are Mr Gutta Sukhender Reddy (Nalgonda), Mr Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy (Bhongir), Mr Balaram Naik (Mahbubabad), Mr S. Rajaiah (Warangal), Mr G. Vivekanand (Peddapalli), Mr Ponnam Prabhakar (Karimnagar), Mr Madhu Yashki Goud (Nizamabad) and Mr Manda Jagannadham (Nagarkurnool). The lone Rajya Sabha member who will resign on Monday is Dr K. Kesava Rao.
The other four Rajya Sabha members from Telangana region, Mr G. Sanjeeva Reddy, Mr Nandi Yellaiah, Mr M.A. Khan and Mr V. Hanumantha Rao, however, are not going to resign. Similarly, the Union minister for petroleum, Mr S. Jaipal Reddy (Chevella), Mr Sarve Satyanarayana (Malkajagiri), Mr Suresh Shetkar (Zaheerabad) and Mr Anjan Kumar Yadav (Secunderabad) are also not going to resign. On Sunday too, party central leaders advised the MPs not to rush with their resignations and sought for some more time for decision on Telangana. The MPs, however, rejected their pleas and told them that a statement declaring a Telangana state from the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, alone would make them change their minds. The central Congress leaders will try to talk to the MPs after they reach New Delhi. Deccan Chronicle