Cong downplays threat by its Telangana MPs, MLAs

Telangana protest
New Delhi, Jul 2: Congress on Friday, Jul 2 downplayed the threat of party MPs, legislators and state ministers from Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh to resign en masse on July 4 in support of their demand for a separate state.

"These are only sentimental and emotional things....There is no need to precipitate when internal party fora and discussions are in place. There is absolutely nothing resembling a crisis", party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

His remarks came hours after Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy said in Hyderabad "the people of Telangana are expecting us to quit our posts for achieving separate statehood.

There are 294 seats in the AP assembly. Around 50 MLAs, 11 MPs and 16 MLCs of Congress are from Telangana.


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