Andhra Pradesh stood divided on regional lines on Friday with as many as 128 legislators submitting their resignations protesting the decision of the central government to carve out a separate Telangana state.
Cutting across party lines, 128 legislators from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have submitted their resignations to Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy.
A total of 76 legislators of the ruling Congress party, 38 of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and 14 of Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) have submitted their resignations.
These legislators allege that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre took a "unilateral" decision on carving out a separate Telangana state without consulting them.
There are 175 members from the two regions in the 294-member assembly. The remaining 119 members come from Telangana region.
Earlier, the speaker told the assembly that 102 legislators had submitted their resignations to him since Thursday.
"I have not accepted their resignations and will take a decision after talking to them individually," he said.
Though the speaker said they would continue to be members of the assembly till he accepts their resignations, they kept away from the assembly on Friday and the uproar over the issue forced the speaker to adjourn the house till Monday.
Only the ministers and few top leaders from the two regions have not resigned. TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, who comes from Rayalaseema region and PRP chief K Chiranjeevi, who hails from Andhra but represents Tirupati constituency in Rayalaseema, have not resigned.
Rosaiah, who comes from Andhra region, is a member of legislative council.
In the 294-member assembly, the Congress has a strength of 156, TDP 92, PRP 18, TRS 10, MIM 7, CPI 4, BJP 2, CPI-M 1, Lok Satta 1 and three others.