14 Telangana legislators submit resignations

Hyderabad, Feb 14 (Calcutta Tube) Fourteen legislators from the Telangana region Sunday submitted their resignations to the state assembly speaker while the all-party Joint Action Committee (JAC) has set Monday evening as the deadline for all elected representatives to quit.

The resignations, to protest the terms of reference of the Srikrishna panel set up by the central government to study the demand for a separate state, came a day before the start of the budget session of state legislature.

Stating that the terms of reference were not favourable for the formation of Telangana state, all 10 legislators of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) submitted their resignations to Speaker Kirankumar Reddy.

Two legislators from ruling Congress and one each from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) also gave their resignations.

C. Ramesh of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) also accompanied them but his resignation was already accepted by the speaker last month.

The legislators reached the assembly premises in a rally from office of the JAC, which is spearheading the movement for a separate Telangana.

Though four Congress legislators had Saturday night announced their decision to quit, only two put in their papers.

Party legislators held a meeting at the residence of senior leader Jana Reddy to discuss their strategy. Majority of the legislators reportedly opposed the proposal of resignations.

The TDP legislators, who held a separate meeting, decided to keep their resignation letters with JAC convenor M. Kodandaram for submitting to the speaker only after Congress legislators give their resignations.

Meanwhile, the JAC has asked all elected representatives of Telangana, including MPs, to resign by Monday evening failing which a series of programmes would be taken up for their social boycott.

Kodandaram told reporters that after Feb 27, those representatives who fail to resign would not be allowed to step into their constituencies.

There are 119 legislators from Telangana region in the 294-member assembly. Congress has 50 and TDP has 39 legislators. BJP and PRP have two legislators each.

The JAC has rejected the terms of reference of the five-member panel formed by the central government as it has also been asked to look into the demand for maintaining the present status of united Andhra Pradesh.

JAC has alleged that the terms of reference were against the spirit of the Dec 9 statement by the central government to initiate the process for forming Telangana state.

Meanwhile, assembly speaker told reporters that he would take a decision on the resignations within the framework of the Constitution and as per the rules and procedures of assembly.

The speaker had last month rejected the resignations of over 100 legislators from Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, saying the resignation letters were invalid. He found the resignation of only one legislator in order and accepted the same.

TRS legislators have claimed that this time they have submitted their resignations in the prescribed format.

Meanwhile, TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao and actress-turned-politician Vijayshanti, both of them MPs, would be leaving for New Delhi Monday to submit their resignations to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

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