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Telangana Statehood Raw: Congress Legislators, MPs Threaten to Resign by July 4

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New Delhi: Congress party legislators and MPs from Telangana have threatened to resign by July 4 if there’s no positive decision on T statehood by then. But the party high command does not appear rattled.

Within hours after the elected representatives handed out the threat, Aall India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is camping in Hyderabad, advised his members of his party not to resort to such hasty steps.

In Delhi, Congress Spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi ruled out the possibility of any crisis in Andhra Pradesh in the face of the latest T tremor.

The message that came out is that while the party would allow its Telangana leaders to make shrill noises, it is in no tearing hurry to push for a decision on the contentious issue.

“Granting Telangana state will have repercussions in other States as well. Within Andhra Pradesh, we have to take into account concerns of people of all regions. This is bound to take time. It cannot be resolved in a few days,” Azad said responding to questions from reporters.

He more or less sent out a similar message while participating in another meeting, pointing out that both in the previous and current term, the Congress is only a leading partner of what is essentially a coalition regime at the Centre.

Therefore, it is imperative for the party to consult its partners on any major issue that has national ramifications, he added.

He also emphasised that any decision that is taken should be in the interests of farmers, industrialists and ordinary people of all the three regions.

Earlier, a large number of Telangana legislators, MPs and MLCs belonging to the Congress met at the exhibition grounds to discuss their future course of action.

After lengthy deliberations, it was decided that the MPs and MLAs will submit resignations to the Speakers of the Assembly and the Lok Sabha on July 4. Party insiders, however, felt this step was just an attempt to impress upon the people of Telangana that Congressmen are also aggressively pursuing the statehood cause and it is unlikely that the threat will be carried to its logical conclusion.

As if taking a cue from the Congress leaders, TDP leader E Dayakar Rao declared that TDP representatives from the region will also submit their resignations.

 

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