Rejecting the terms of reference of the Sri Krishna Committee appointed to go into the issue of separate statehood, 15 MLAs from the Telangana region, including those of the ruling Congress, on Sunday submitted their resignation to Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker.
The MLAs — 10 from TRS, 2 from Congress, one each from BJP and TDP and Praja Rajyam — met Speaker N. Kiran Kumar Reddy here and submitted their resignations.
The legislators said they resigned in order to mount pressure on the Centre to take immediate steps for formation of a separate state.
“We gave our resignation unconditionally. He (Speaker) called us individually. We stressed on accepting our resignation. We hope many others would resign by evening or tomorrow,” senior Congress MLA R. Damodar Reddy said.
Though two more Congress MLAs had announced their decision to quit late Saturday night, they, however, did not turn up on Sunday.
Asked if they would attend the budget session of assembly beginning on Monday, Reddy replied in the negative. TRS MLA and party president K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s son K.T. Rama Rao said his party would now work towards realising the goal of a separate Telangana.
The all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee on Saturday decided to start the process of submitting their resignations.
Maoist boycott panel
Meanwhile, Maoists on Sunday gave a call for boycott of the Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee, describing the terms of reference of the panel as “betrayal of people”.
“The terms of reference of Srikrishna Committee set up by the Union government are a betrayal of the Telangana people,” Maoist leader Kishenji told PTI over phone. After committing to create Telangana, the central government was now conspiring to backtrack from the promise, he claimed.