New Delhi: Stepping up pressure on the party high command to rescind its decision on Telangana, six Congress MP's from Seemandhra region on Friday submitted their resignations to the Andhra Pradesh Speaker.
Five Lok Sabha MPs and one Rajaya Sabha member submitted their resignations, taking what is seen as a pressure tactics, to the next level. The Congress ministers and MPs from Andhra Pradesh are protesting against the bifurcation of the state.
However, there seems to be an evident divide among the Andhra leaders over resignations, with one section including Union Ministers Pallam Raju and Chiranjeevi not keen to resign. Tribal Affairs Minister KC Deo also told CNN-IBN that he was not inclined to quit.
The split emerged after the party high command hardened its stance, and said it will not go back on the decision. But it has sent two emissaries, to Hyderabad to pacify Seemandhra leaders. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh in-charge Digvijaya Singh has also appealed the Seemandhra not to resign.
On Thursday, 10 Congress MLAs and 4 MLCs from the Seemandhra region submitted their resignation to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker. Meanwhile, 14 TDP MLAs protesting lack of firm assurances from the Centre on development of the proposed Seemandhra state have also resigned.
Earlier on Thursday, 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.