Hyderabad: Reacting sarcastically to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s comments that speaking against Speaker Nadendla Manohar’s decision to reject the resignations of Telangana MLAs could invite a jail term, Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA KT Rama Rao on Monday hailed the statement and stated that the MLAs are ready to face capital punishment if it means achieving a separate Telangana state.
Talking to media persons at Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao’s residence, K T Rama Rao said the elected representatives are ready for any sacrifice. “We are ready to be hanged too, if that means achieving Telangana,” KTR said.
Alleging that the Speaker has been acting under the ‘watchful eyes of Seemandhra leaders,’ KTR said that the TRS MLAs have submitted resignations afresh on Monday.
Condemning Mr Manohar’s decision of rejecting the resignations, the TRS MLA alleged the Speaker had taken the decision without consulting the elected representatives and thereby acted unilaterally and arbitrarily.
He warned the Speaker that Telangana elected representatives would stage an agitation in front of his Chambers if he fails to accept the resignations a second time too.
KTR also appealed to all Telangana leaders to mount pressure on the Speaker to accept resignations. “It is the responsibility of elected representatives from Telangana to get their resignations accepted by the Speaker,” he stated.
He also condemned Union Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy for failing to respond on the students suicides which occurred in his constituency.
KTRs asked Mr Jaipal Reddy to, “open your eyes and resign from your post. Join the Telangana agitation and expressing solidarity to the region’s people.”
Responding on allegations by former Union Communications minister A Raja that both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram knew about transactions in the 2G Spectrum allocation, KTR demanded the arrest of both leaders and investigations into the allegations.(INN)