YSR Congress MPs to meet Lok Sabha Speaker on Tuesday, press for acceptance of resignation
Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, one of the five YSR Congress MPs who put in papers in April, said they are ready to fight bypolls when they are held.india Updated: May 28, 2018 18:02 IST
The five parliamentarians of the YSR Congress party said on Monday they will meet Lok Sabha Speaker on Tuesday and ask her to accept their resignations submitted by them in April over the non-grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh. They said they are ready for bypolls in the state whenever they are held.
Sumitra Mahajan will meet Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy from Nellore, YV Subba Reddy from Ongole, V Varaprasada Rao from Tirupati, P Mithun Reddy from Rajampet and Y Avinash Reddy from Kadapa at around 5pm on Tuesday to have a final round of talk with them on their resignations.
“We will meet the Speaker at the designated time and pursue with our case. We shall explain the reason for our resignation. There is no reason why the Speaker would not accept our resignations. We are going to prove our strength in the ensuing by-elections,” Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy said.
The members of Parliament put in their papers on April 6, the last day of the budget session of the Lok Sabha, in protest against the central government’s denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
He said the lawmakers resigned to protest the denial of special category status and the programme was part of the agitation and action plan announced by party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy much earlier.
If the Lok Sabha Speaker accepts their resignations, Andhra Pradesh may witness by-elections to five Lok Sabha seats vacated by the legislators.
Mekapati said it was for the central government and Election Commission to take the call to conduct the by-elections to the vacant seats.
“We are ready to face the elections whenever they are held,” he said.
The YSRC leader alleged that the Centre failed to fulfil the core assurances given during the “unscientific” bifurcation of the state and the Telugu Desam Party despite being a coalition partner also failed to pursue the special status, Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project, petrochemical corridor and Kadapa steel plant among others.
TDP president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, however, has said the resignation of the legislators was just a political stunt.
“They submitted their resignations on the pretext of demanding special category status to AP knowing fully well that they would not be accepted,” he said while speaking on the first day of his party’s annual conclave on Sunday.
Naidu said even if the resignations of the five MPs were accepted, the chances of holding by-elections to the vacant seats were unlikely since the general elections were going to be held in less than a year.