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Telangana-Congress men play ‘pehle aap’ on quitting

Posted by on June 28, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The meeting of Telangana Congress leaders on July 1 is expected to be a stormy one with the issue of just who should be resigning in order to put pressure on the Central government, figuring high on the agenda.

According to sources, some MLAs are going to insist that state ministers tender their resignations in order to create a vacuum in the Cabinet, forcing the central Congress leadership to intervene. “They will not lose their MLA posts; they will just have to forego their ministerial berths, but the seriousness of the issue will be highlighted,” said a senior Congress legislator from Warangal district.

He told this newspaper that ministers, in turn, are insisting that Lok Sabha members from the party must resign to bring pressure on the Congress president to take an early decision on Telangana. But out of 12 Lok Sabha members, only four or five are ready to resign. “Some of our MPs are hoping to get Cabinet berths in the ensuing reshuffle of the central Cabinet,” another MLA alleged, explaining the reluctance of the MPs. When the issue of resignations had come up in the last meeting, some MLAs had openly asked Rajya Sabha member, Dr K. Kesava Rao and four party Rajya Sabha members to resign along with the Lok Sabha members. It seems Mr Kesava Rao objected to the suggestion saying, “If Lok Sabha members resign, bypolls will have to be held and all those who quit will be re-elected. But where is the guarantee for RS members? We have to be elected by Assembly members.”

“It would be better if all the 15 Telangana ministers resigned, as they will not lose membership, they will remain as MLAs, but the impact will be greater. So we are going to insist on their resignations. Others need not resign,” a first-time MLAs told this newspaper. Deccan Chronicle

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