Telangana crisis: Andhra Cong MLAs defiant
Congress legislators on Monday defied the party high command and pressed ahead with their agitation against the proposed Telangana state even as the 20 Andhra ministers who’d offered to quit on Saturday decided not to press their resignations.india Updated: Dec 15, 2009 02:33 IST
Congress legislators on Monday defied the party high command and pressed ahead with their agitation against the proposed Telangana state even as the 20 Andhra ministers who’d offered to quit on Saturday decided not to press their resignations.
Andhra assembly Speaker N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, meanwhile, adjourned the House sine die, putting the matter into cold storage for the time being.
But the thrust and parry continued. About 75 Congress MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, including two ministers, resolved to bring pressure on party MPs to quit their seats in Parliament, ignoring appeals — issued in the name of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi — by Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president D. Srinivas to call off their agitation.
Earlier, a few Congress MLAs from coastal Andhra embarrassed the government and the party by jumping into the well of the assembly, demanding status quo. “That’s the only way we can make the Centre listen,” said Shailjanath (he goes by one name), Congress whip in the House.
In Delhi, the Congress, however, dismissed suggestions that its MLAs were rebelling against the party.
“They are not against the party but against the bifurcation (of Andhra Pradesh),” said Shakeel Ahmad, Congress spokesperson.HT learns that the government is likely to issue another statement on Telangana in a day or two to calm frayed tempers in Andhra Pradesh.
In contrast to their colleagues from coastal Andhra and Rayalseema, Congress MLAs from Telangana, meeting at a city hotel, were the picture of political correctness. They passed a resolution expressing their gratitude to the UPA government at the Centre and also decided to hold a grand public meeting in the city on January 16 to celebrate the victory of the “Telangana people”. The day brought some relief to beleaguered Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.
“We have agreed to review our decision to resign at the request of the chief minister,” said Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, state municipal administration minister, speaking on behalf of the 20 ministers who had earlier offered to resign.
However, he wanted a senior leader from the Centre “to explain the issue to the people and clear the confusion”.