Hyderabad: The writing is on the wall for the Telangana Congress MPs who submitted their resignations in support of a separate state. After silencing the party MLAs from the region, the Congress high command has now all but forced the eight Telangana Congress MPs and the lone Rajya Sabha member to sit still while their resignations are rejected, thus putting an end to the resignation drama.
MPs Madhu Yashki Goud, Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Manda Jagannatham, G Vivekananda, Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, S Rajaiah, P Balram Naik and Suresh Shetkar from the Lok Sabha, and K Keshava Rao from the Rajya Sabha, submitted their resignations to the respective presiding officers on July 4. Indications are that the resignation drama would be ended with LS Speaker Meira Kumar and RS deputy chairman Hamid Ansari rejecting the resignations.
Clearly intending to tell them that the same fate awaits them as what was delivered to the party MLAs with assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar rejecting their resignations, AICC general secretary in-charge of AP Ghulam Nabi Azad has summoned the MPs to Delhi to discuss the issue of resignations. In all probability, the resignations are expected to be rejected by the Lok Sabha Speaker on Monday.
The Congress does not want to get embarrassed by the T-MPs in a session which is expected to be stormy following former telecom minister A Raja’s allegations against PM Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram with regard to the 2G scam. “So, the party wants the resignations to be withdrawn before August 1,” Azad reportedly told three MPs Madhu Goud, Shetkar and Naik when they met him in New Delhi on Friday.
Some MPs saw the hand of CM Kiran Reddy behind the high command’s pressure on them to retreat on the resignations issue.
After the third round of talks with Azad, leaders expressed happiness with the outcome. Meanwhile, Yashki told the media after his meeting that they would not be in a position to take back the resignations in the absence of a clear statement from the high command.
In Hyderabad, members of the steering committee assembled at the residence of panchayat raj minister K Jana Reddy to take stock of the situation. Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar said he would go by the decision of the T-Congress steering committee. The MPs have decided to meet Azad on Monday and take a call whether to attend the Parliament session or skip it. TOI