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25 Cong MLAs to resign

The legislators from MP, along with Jyotiraditya, met Sonia Gandhi to express solidarity.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 19:56 IST

Ignoring high command's directive, Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday met party president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Saturday morning and offered to resign to express solidarity with her.

A delegation of over 25 MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition in Assembly Jamuna Devi and state unit chief Subhash Yadav, submitted a letter expressing their desire to resign.

"Expressing full faith and dedication in your leadership we want to resign from the membership of Vidhan Sabha," the partymen said in the letter signed by 38 MLAs.

Hailing Gandhi's resignation, they said she had "set an example of morality which should serve as a lesson to those who practice selfish politics".

However, the MLAs quoted Gandhi as having refused to accept their demand to resign.

MLA Ajay Singh said Gandhi advised them not to take any hasty decision.

The Congress has 38 MLAs in the 230 member assembly.

Yesterday, Gandhi had instructed party MPs and MLAs not to follow suit after her resignation from the Lok Sabha and the National Advisory Council on the office of profit issue.

She stated this to a number of leaders, including MPs, who called on her to express solidarity.

"Gandhi's resignation is completely different. It is a personal decision on a moral plane. We respect that decision .... We are not here propagating any kind of competitive resignations," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi had told reporters.