Hyderabad: The Congress leaders from Telangana, who have been divided on mass resignations, also arrived at a consensus after it became clear that the Centre had kept the Telangana issue in cold storage.
The leaders hoped that the Centre would make its mind clear once elections to five states were over in May. Earlier in the day, Congress leaders from Telangana region held deliberations for three hours at the Exhibition Grounds, where they decided to submit their papers. The panchayati raj minister, Mr K. Jana Reddy, the Rajya Sabha member, Dr K. Kesava Rao, and scores of other party leaders announced to the media that the resignations will be submitted to the respective presiding officers of both Houses of Parliament and the Legislature at 11 am on July 4.
“We waited till June 30 for the Centre’s response to our demand to implement the announcement made on December 9, 2009 by the Union home minister, Mr P. Chidambaram. Now it is time for action from our side,” they stated. There are 15 ministers in the Cabinet from the Telangana region, 38 MLAs (excluding ministers), six MLCs, 11 Lok Sabha members and five RS members from the region.
The decision of three politicians from the region is not known. The Sangareddy MLA, Mr T. Jayaprakash Reddy, the Rajya Sabha member, Mr V. Hanumantha Rao, and the Malkajagiri Lok Sabha member, Mr Sarve Satyanarayana, had announced earlier that they will not resign but will prevail upon the Congress central leadership to grant T statehood. The Assembly Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, is in the US at present and will return only on July 8, but Congress and other leaders can submit their resignations either to Deputy Speaker Mr Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka or to the Legislature Secretary.
Of the 119 MLAs representing the T-region, seven members of the Majlis party have kept out of the pro-Telangana agitation. The CPM has one lone member from the region. If the T-MLAs numbering a little over 100 quit, it would create a political and constitutional crisis. Deccan Chronicle