The one-to-one meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the sulking State Congress MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao today seemed to have failed to break any ice in making the latter to reconsider his decision to quit his Lok Sabha seat.
After meeting the Prime Minister, the Eluru MP reiterated his decision to resign from the Parliament as there was no visible change in the stance of the Congress.
It might be mentioned here that Mr. Rao, who was denied a ministerial post in the union cabinet during the recent reshuffle, had sent his resignation to AICC President with a request to forward it to the Lok Sabha Speaker for acceptance, protesting against the attitude of the Congress leadership in ignoring a senior and experienced parliamentarian like him.
Despite senior Congress functionaries trying to persuade him not to take any hasty decision and precipitate the matter, assuring an important role in the party organization, Mr. Rao continued to fret and fume over the humiliation meted out to him in ignoring his claim for a berth in the union cabinet.
Meanwhile the MP received a message from the Prime Minister’s office to be available in the capital on Wednesday for a meeting with Dr. Manmohan Singh. Accordingly this morning the Prime Minister had a one-to-one meeting with the MP. However contrary to expectations, Mr. Rao declared after the meeting that there was no change in his decision to quit parliament. He would discuss his future course of action with his supporters and people of his constituency and then make an announcement, he added. (NSS).