Hyderabad: By noon, the 42 Congress MLAs including the ministers and MLCs met Vikramarka and followed suit with their resignations. Immediately after, many of the ruling party legislators pasted stickers on their official vehicles stating that they were ‘Resigned Telangana MLA,’ with the intention of avoiding the wrath of the people of the region who had targeted them for so long for not doing enough for achieving a separate state.
According to sources, even as the resignation drama was unfolding in Hyderabad, the statements of Union home minister P Chidambaram and AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi only ended up uniting all the Telangana elements. Describing the situation in AP as normal, the Union home minister said “There is no need for any alarm. The resignations did not come as a surprise to us. The Congress is in touch with the legislators and will persuade them to be patient.” On his part, Azad said Telangana is a complex issue and added that he would invite a delegation of the MLAs to New Delhi for talks. On Monday evening after submitting their resignations, three ministers, Jana Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Basavaraj Saraiah, and MLA Uttam Kumar Reddy left for New Delhi, ostensibly to meet the party high command.
Among the Telangana ministers and legislators who did not submit their resignations were Danam Nagender, Mukesh Goud, P Shankar Rao, M Shashidhar Reddy and T Manemma from the city, deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha and T Jaiprakash Reddy. Deputy Speaker Vikramarka was also among those who held back their resignations. Among the surprises in the lot of those who resigned were P Vishnuvardhan Reddy and Jagan loyalist Konda Sureka.
Among the Lok Sabha MPs, Union minister Jaipal Reddy and Sarve Satyanarayana were the ones who did not resign while from the Rajya Sabha, V Hanumantha Rao and Nandi Yellaiah have stayed away. Lok Sabha MPs Madhu Yashki Goud and Suresh Shetkar sent in their resignations by fax. TOI