Hyderabad: Communist Party of India Floor Leader in the House Gunda Mallesh on Tuesday slammed the Centre for not responding on the resignation of Telangana leaders for the cause of separate statehood.
Talking to media persons after submitting his resignation along with his party MLAs Chandravathi, U Yadagiri and K Sambhasiva Rao to Assembly Secretary Raja Sadaram at his office, Mr Mallesh said that the Telangana agitation was increasingly resembling a ‘second freedom struggle.’
The CPI MLA lashed out the Centre, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu for not responding to the resignations of Telangana Legislators. The Chief Minister and Mr Naidu came in for particularly harsh criticism for their failure to make their stand on the separate statehood demand public despite their party Legislators submitting their resignations on the issue.
Mr Mallesh also alleged that former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao and former chief minister Marrie Chenna Reddy had cheated the people of Telangana on the separate statehood issue. “Even the Justice Srikrishna Committee failed to give a favourable report on Telangana,” the MLA stated.
The CPI leader added that his party would continue its fight for the cause of separate statehood until the Centre announces the separate Telangana state.
As part of further intensifying the agitation for Telangana, the party would picket the district Collectorates in Telangana region on July 11, Mr Mallesh disclosed.
Party national leader Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy also lambasted Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for taking the resignations of Telangana leaders lightly.
He said that Mr Chidambaram’s attitude was an example of the irresponsibility. “Further delay in addressing the issue will lead to serious consequences,” Mr Sudhakar Reddy warned.
He demanded that the Centre introduce a Telangana Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.(INN)