Seemandhra Cong MPs, Ministers likely to quit soon


Seemandhra-Congress-MPsNew Delhi: The crisis for the Congress in Seemandhra is intensifying after the Telangana statehood announcement. After a late-night meeting on Thursday, MPs and ministers from the region have decided it makes little sense politically for them to continue in their posts.

They are likely to submit their resignations to the Speaker soon. Top leaders from the region Pallam Raju, Purandeshwari Devi and JD Seelam will meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi later on Friday.

But the party high command has hardened its stance and has said it will not go back on the decision. 10 Congress MLAs and 4 MLCs from the Seemandhra region have already submitted their resignations to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker.

Meanwhile 14 TDP MLAs too have also resigned protesting lack of firm assurances from the Centre on the development of the proposed Seemandhra state.

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.

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