New Delhi: Two days after Congress Working Committee cleared the creation of Telangana, eight Congress MLAs and two MLCs from Andhra Pradesh on Thursday resigned from their posts to protest the decision of the party to bifurcate the state.
Sources have told CNN-IBN that the ministers have resigned from their post and not from the party. The formation of Telangana is seen as a loss to Andhra Pradesh and the leaders are resigning from their posts so as to take part in anti-Telangana protests from their region. The move is also being seen as an attempt to save votes as the Lok Sabha elections are due in 2014.
Earlier in the day, asserting that there is no question of going back on the decision to create a separate Telangana state, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "The situation is under control and there is no scope for reconsideration of Telengana decision."
While Shinde said that the Telangana statehood bill will not to be tabled in the Monsoon Session, he asserted that the state will be formed within the next six months. "Earlier states were created on linguistic lines, but now I don't think that can be the basis of state creation. We are aware of Seemandhra protests, but party has decided," Shinde added.
Meanwhile, protests continued in Seemandhra for the second consecutive day but the state is peaceful so far. The Congress is adopting a wait and watch approach as news of ministers resigning their posts have been trickling since the announcement of creation of separate state of Telangana.