The Telangana issue is solidifying again with lawmakers belonging to the region threatening to resign over the Centre’s continued “inaction” on creating the new state.
The threat of resignation is mostly from Congress leaders of Telangana, however. It is not coming from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the sub-regional party that has the new state as its main agenda, with 11 MLAs and two MPs.
A section of Congress legislators, which included seven MPs and 18 MLAs, on Friday decided to serve notice to the Congress high command as well as the Centre by threatening to resign on July 4.
“We have been pleading with the central leadership for the last two years to implement the announcement made by the Centre in 2009 to form a separate Telangana. Recently we met top party leaders in New Delhi and set a June end deadline to take a positive decision. But they did not bother, leaving us with no option but to put in our papers,” said K Jana Reddy, panchayat raj minister.
“A perception is gaining ground that we are not quitting because of our lust for power. We have to disprove that,” he added.
Within hours of the Congress move, TDP legislators belonging to Telangana had a meeting and decided to submit their resignations, also on July 4.
On Wednesday, TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao had issued a warning that Telangana would burn if the Centre did not keep its word on creating the new state.
TRS leader E Rajender said: “We were given the impression that a decision would be taken after the elections to the four states. Now that the election process is over, the government should move the bill (to create the state) in Parliament.”