While the Congress remained undecided on the Telangana issue, the Telugu Desam leader, Mr Erraballi Dayakara Rao told newsmen that the party was committed to creating a political crisis to force the central government to act on the issue.
The small group of TD rebels led by Mr Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Mr Koppula Hariswara Reddy, Mr S. Venugopala Chary and Mr Jogi Ramanna submitted fresh resignations on Sunday itself with the Speaker’s office.
The TRS legislators also decided to submit fresh resignations on Monday.
The Telangana Congress Steering Committee, which comprises ministers, MPs and legislators of the region, formally met on Sunday evening and took stock of the situation including a proposal for submitting fresh resignations. But no concrete decision was taken and it was decided to wait for the first round of formal talks with Mr Azad in New Delhi on Monday.
Meanwhile, differences came up among Telangana Congressmen on submitting fresh resignations to their memberships.
The Nizamabad MP, Mr Madhu Yashki Goud, rejected the idea of submitting resignations afresh as there was no guarantee that they would be accepted by the Speaker.
“We had thought that mass resignations would ensure the formation of a Telangana state, but the Speaker, in his wisdom, rejected them all. There is no meaning now to submit fresh resignations. We have to come up with some other strategy,” Mr Madhu Yashki said. He added that all political parties in the region should come on one platform for the cause of Telangana.
The minister, Mr P. Shanker Rao, defended the Speaker’s decision and said that there was no need to resign again and it would be better to wait for the Congress high command’s decision on separate statehood.
Two Congress MLAs from Medak district, Mr Nandeswar Gowd and Mr P. Narsa Reddy were also of the opinion that there was no use submitting resignations again.
“Let us all abide with party discipline and wait for the high command’s response,” they said.
The Medchal MLA, Mr Kitchennagari Laxma Reddy, meanwhile, said that he was clueless about what to do. “No one knows how we can submit our resignations so that they are accepted by the Speaker,” he said.
The Telangana Congress Steering Committee reportedly discussed different proposals to continue their agitation. Deccan Chronicle