Referring to resignations of Telangana MPs, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari on Monday evening warned Parliamentary members from Telangana not to pull the issue until a split with Party’s leadership. Moving the ball into Speaker’s court, Tiwari said Speaker would take the ultimate decision on the resignations.
The Congress was left red-faced with embarrassment after 10 of its own MPs from Telangana (9 Lok Sabha members and one Rajya Sabha member) stayed away from the first day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, which began on Monday. The 10 MPs’ decision to skip the Parliament Session came a day after the High Command, through its representative in the form of party In-Charge For Andhra Pradesh Affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad, made futile attempts to get them to attend the Session.
Azad had called up K Kesava Rao twice on Sunday, once each to Telangana Congress Steering Committee co-chairmen Kesava Rao and K Jana Reddy, asking them to ensure that the MPs do attend the opening day of the Monsoon Session. However, the MPs had rejected Azad’s persuasive attempts, and, instead, said they would continue to work for the creation of a separate Telangana state. However, a decision on the MPs’ resignations has not been taken yet.