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35 TDP legislators send resignations
Published on 16 Feb. 2010 11:51 PM IST
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In a tactical move, 35 legislators belonging to the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from Telangana region Tuesday sent their resignations to the convenor of the all-party Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is heading the movement for statehood to Telangana. However, the JAC itself is on the verge of a split with Congress MPs and legislators refusing to quit to protest the terms of reference of the Srikrishna committee set up by New Delhi to study the statehood demand. TDP legislator M. Narasimhulu told reporters that 35 party legislators from the region had sent their resignations to JAC convenor M. Kodandaram. He said three others who were unavailable could not send their resignations. One legislator has already submitted his resignation and it has been accepted by the assembly speaker. Instead of submitting their resignations to the speaker, the TDP MLAs sent their papers to Kodandaram - to put the onus on him to get the resignations of Congress legislators. Congress leaders from Telangana, who met here Monday night, alleged that the JAC was acting at the behest of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao. They have decided to chalk out their own course of action on the issue. The JAC had asked all elected representatives of Telangana to quit by Monday evening, failing which a series of protests would be launched against them culminating in their social boycott from Feb 19. Only two of 50 Congress legislators from Telangana have submitted their resignations to the assembly speaker, who has not yet accepted them. The speaker, however, accepted the resignations of all 10 TRS legislators as well as one each of TDP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). One legislator of the Praja Rajyam Party has also submitted his resignation. Both TRS MPs, including Chandrasekhara Rao, have also decided to resign. There are 119 legislators from Telangana in the 294-member Andhra Pradesh assembly while the region accounts for 17 out of 42 MPs from the state.

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