Some Congress legislators and parliamentarians from Seemandhra region have announced their resignation from the party membership as a reaction to the Union cabinet’s go-ahead for the formation of Telangana state on Thursday.
Undavalli Arunkumar and Anantavenkatram Reddy, both Lok Sabha MPs are among the leaders who announced their resignation from the Congress. The MPs have already submitted their resignations to the Lok Sabha.
Some MPs reacted sharply. “Congress will pay the price for this blunder,” said Harsha Kumar, a Congress MP.
According to reports, Union minister for tourism K Chiranjeevi has resigned from the council of ministers. A few other union ministers from the region are also said to be considering quitting their posts. Meanwhile, the united Andhra agitators called for a 48 hour shut down of the 13 districts that were agitating since the Congress decision on July 30 to bifurcate the state.
“The cabinet decision has renewed our resolve to fight against the state bifurcation,” Ashok Babu, president of Samaikhyandhra movement said. The state Seemandhra ministers who had met, with news of Telangana note coming before the cabinet, had announced that they would commit by their decision to oppose Telangana formation in the Assembly when the resolution is sent here. Over a dozen ministers had submitted their resignations though they are still pending with CM Kiran Reddy.