A day after insisting that they would not attend Parliament until the UPA government goes ahead on the separate state demand, the Telangana Congress MPs on Thursday made a U-turn and said that they would take part in the proceedings of Parliament from August 8.
The decision was taken in view of the ill-health of party president Sonia Gandhi and to extend support to the UPA government in the wake of opposition attacks, the MPs said.
Party sources said a formal announcement on the issue is likely on Saturday after a meeting of the steering committee in Hyderabad.
Nine MPs Madhu Yashki Goud, Manda Jagannatham, Gutha Sukhender, K Rajagopal Reddy, S Rajaiah, Ponnam Prabhakar, G Vivekananda and P Balarama Naik (Lok Sabha) and K Keshava Rao (Rajya Sabha), resigned on July 4. They have been boycotting Parliament since the monsoon session began on Monday.
“This is to foster goodwill between the Telangana Congress leaders and the party. Our boycott is not against the party and the UPA government. The gesture is to wish the early recovery of Soniaji, who underwent surgery on Thursday,” the sources said.
“As Sonia Gandhi is in hospital, we cannot continue the protest. But, that does not mean that we are calling off our fight for Telangana,” Yashki said.
The MP added, “Our protest is not targeted against the UPA government or the Congress party. It is to ensure that we extract a statement on T from the Congress leadership and UPA government. But, to continue our protest now is not fair. TOI