Hyderabad: Perhaps forgetting that the Speaker has discretionary powers, Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA T Harish Rao on Sunday found fault with Mr Nadendla Manohar for rejecting the resignations of elected representatives from Telangana without taking up any discussion in the House, to ‘weaken the separate Telangana agitation’.
Talking to media persons at Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao’s residence, Harish Rao said that the Speaker has to consult the respective members and take up a discussion in the House.
“However, Mr Manohar acted in a unilateral manner and rejected our resignations arbitrarily. He took this decision to weaken the Telangana agitation,” the TRS leader said.
Suspecting the conspiracy of Seemandra leaders, he asked why Speaker had not rejected the resignations of Seemandhra leaders during in December 2009 in the aftermath of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement on Telangana.
Harish Rao further alleged that Speaker Nadendla Manohar had shown discrimination by this decision in rejecting the resignations of Telangana leaders.
Incidentally, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy was the Speaker at that time, before he was elevated to the Chief Minister’s post.
Unmindful of this, Harish Rao continued, “the Speaker took this decision to ease the pressure on the Centre and to weaken the T agitation.”
The TRS leader also wondered about the timing of the rejection. “Why did Mr Manohar take this decision so hastily, and then left for London, to leave Assembly Secretary Raja Sadaram make an announcement late on Saturday night,” questioned the TRS MLA.
He called upon Telugu Desam Party and Congress Legislators to submit their resignations for second time on Monday.
Besides this, Harish Rao further asked the Telangana Congress leaders to come with a clear announcement from Centre on the Telangana. “Do not come back with empty hands,” he told the Congress delegation which is presently in New Delhi on the invitation of the High Command.(INN)