Ummid Assistant

Maharashtra SSC Results: Mumbai tops; girls outshine boys again

Samsung to offer scholarships to IIM-A students

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Regional

Telangana Movement gathers momentum; cabinet meets

Tuesday July 05, 2011 08:47:18 AM, IANS

Related Articles

Political storm in Andhra as 73 Telangana legislators quit

The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh plunged into crisis Monday with 36 legislators from the party and all 33 from the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) quitting  »

Rebel TDP legislators begin fast for unity on Telangana

Telangana movement set to enter crucial phase

New Delhi/Hyderabad: The movement for separate statehood to Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh entered a crucial phase Monday with the mass resignations of MPs, state ministers and legislators of the Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP). As a new crisis loomed, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) held a meeting in the evening over the issue.

Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) spearheading the statehood movement called for a 48-hour shutdown in Andhra Pradesh beginning Tuesday.

On a day of fast-paced developments, seven MPs of the Congress party from the region submitted their resignations to Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar while Rajya Sabha member K. Keshava Rao gave his resignation to house Chairman Hamid Ansari. Two other MPs faxed their quit letters.

The CCPA meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was held at his 7, Race Course Road official residence in New Delhi, government sources said.

The confabulation of the senior government functionaries came shortly after 10 Congress members of parliament and 40 Congress legislators, including 11 ministers, 33 TDP and two Praja Rajyam Party legislators from the Telangana region resigned to bring pressure on the central government to announce statehood.

Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar told reporters that two Lok Sabha members, Madhu Goud Yaskhi and Suresh Shetkar, have faxed their resignations.

Another MP, Sarvey Satyanarayana, has refused to resign saying he would do so only after Union Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy quits. MP from Secunderabad Anjan Kumar Yadav is also reluctant to resign.

In Hyderabad, 79 members of the assembly, including 11 ministers, submitted their resignations, plunging the state into a crisis.

Four rebel TDP legislators had quit Sunday.

Those who resigned Monday include all 33 of TDP, 40 of Congress and two of Praja Rajyam Party (PRP).

Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narasimha and three other ministers have not resigned. The ministers who submitted their resignations include Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy.

While five ministers personally submitted their resignations to deputy speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, six others, including the home minister, sent their papers.

In all, 10 legislators of the Congress party from Telangana are yet to submit their resignations.

Speaker N. Manohar, who is in the US, will take a decision on the resignations after his return. The resignations, if accepted, may reduce the Congress government to minority.

In the 294-member assembly, the Congress has 174 members, including 18 from the PRP, which merged with the ruling party recently.

Telangana accounts for 119 legislators in the 294-member assembly. The Congress has 52 members (including two of PRP), TDP 37 and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) 11.

Senior Minister K. Jana Reddy told reporters that their resignations were not aimed at creating a constitutional or political crisis but to achieve a separate state in tune with the aspirations of the people.

"Today is United States' Independence Day and we hope today will also become Telangana's Independence Day," the minister said outside the assembly building.

Jana Reddy, who later left for Delhi for talks with the central leadership, claimed that their fight was for self-rule and self-respect of the Telangana region.

Twelve Congress members of the legislative council and three of TDP have also submitted their resignations to council chairperson K. Chakrapani.

The legislators said the resignations were aimed at pressurising the central government to carve out a separate Telangana state as promised by it on Dec 9, 2009.

The Congress leaders resigned despite the efforts of the central and state leadership of the party over last three days to dissuade them.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi that a final decision on the "extremely sensitive and complex" issue was yet to be taken.

"The central government's view will be made known after the consultation process is over. We have to bring everyone on board. There is a strong view of a large number of people. We are yet to take a final decision," Chidambaram told reporters.

"This is an extremely sensitive and complex issue. We will try to expedite... One should have understanding and patience. Especially, the media should have understanding and patience," Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram said the government would convene an all-party meeting immediately after the views of all parties are known. Two of the parties have not yet finalised their views on the separate statehood issue, he said.

The JAC, which is spearheading the Telangana movement, called for a 48-hour Telangana shutdown beginning Tuesday.

TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao criticized Chidambaram for reacting to the resignations in a casual manner. He announced that the protest in the region would continue till the central government agrees to initiate the process for formation of separate state.

JAC also called for rail blockade in Telangana on July 8 and 9 and cook-and-eat protest on roads on July 10.











  Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page



Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Political storm in Andhra as 73 Telangana legislators quit

The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh plunged into crisis Monday with 36 legislators from the party and all 33 from the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) quitting  »

Rebel TDP legislators begin fast for unity on Telangana

Telangana movement set to enter crucial phase


  Most Read

Government to bring Lokpal bill in line with constitution

The government was committed to tabling the Lokpal bill in parliament's monsoon session, but won't amend the constitution for the proposed anti-corruption legislation, Home Minister  »

Supreme Court appoints SIT to probe black money

The Supreme Court Monday set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe black money stashed in foreign tax havens by Indian citizens. The committee will be headed by former apex  »

Black money: Government to study court order


  News Pick

Pro-Palestinian activists plan demonstrations at Israeli airport

Pro-Palestinian groups say hundreds of activists from around the world intend to fly to Israel’s airport on Friday to protest the country’s  »

Equity Market: An investment option the Islamic way

In order to remain in the main stream of the economy and have equitable investment opportunity  »

Nigeria issues license to first Islamic Bank

A hidden aspect of the Ayodhya dispute

The conflict over the now-destroyed structure in Ayodhya, whose chief antagonists have consistently sought to pit Hindus and Muslims against each other, has a hidden dimension, representing a third party, which, if   »

Urdu media modernises, but declining readership a worry

Overcoming technical and commercial challenges, Urdu media in India is now trying to re-invent itself as big corporate houses enter the market. But the wider problem of lack of readership persists. The advent of the digital  »


Picture of the Day

Defence Minister of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti, in New Delhi on June 28, 2011.

(Photo: Fulchand)



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes










Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.