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Telangana crisis continues despite AP shut down


Preeti Singh,CNN-IBN
Jul 05, 2011 at 10:05pm IST

Hyderabad: A day after the MLAs from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh resigned en masse, the crisis continues to simmer. Even as the ground situation remained tense on Tuesday, two MPs of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have submitted their resignation letters to the Lok Sabha Speaker in New Delhi.

The Osmania University faced violent scenes on Tuesday, but before the situation got out of hand, the police brought it under control.

It was the only violent incident as the Telengana Joint Action Committee's bandh call led to a near total shutdown in Hyderabad.

At the state assembly the resignations of Telangana MLA's from across party lines continued. Out of the 119 MLA's from the region over a 100 have now resigned, serving a reminder that the crisis is getting worse.

"We have decided to tender our resignation for one simple reason - we want to show the Central Government that Telangana stands united today," said TRS MLA KT Rama Rao.

Apart from the TDP's two Lok Sabha MPs, TRS's Chandrashekar Rao and Vijayashanti too have faxed their resignations.

The Congress MPs, who resigned on Monday, held meetings with the party in charge for the state Ghulam Nabi Azad. But with no concrete assurance or announcement, the crisis remains unresolved.

"Well they cleared that, since no decision have been taken over a period of time by the Central Government, they thought that resignation was only option left for them," said Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The question that's now being raised forcefully is how long the Congress High Command can remain silent on Telangana. Observers say the longer there is silence from the Centre, the worse the crisis would get. Sources say efforts are on to find some solution, but an official statement remains elusive.

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