The great Telangana shudder: 72 MLAs resign and more to join

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New Delhi, Jul 4: With the Telangana stir all set to fire the corridors of Delhi, the supporters are in mood to relent and are going ahead with plans to submit their resignation. With the resignation spree continuing, 33 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLAs and five Congress MLAs submitted their resignation to Deputy Speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka on Monday. Another four rebel TDP MLAs have also resigned putting the total number of resignations to 42.

There are also more resignations in the pipeline including nine Congress MPs and 53 MLAs.

The Centre seem to have got the jitters after the mass resignations are weakening their position in the number game. The AICC general secretary and Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a bid to appease the charged up Telangana supporters have invited Congress legislators for a second round of talks. Besides Congress legislators, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislators have also promised to resign.

Nine Congress MPs are also in Delhi to submit their resignations but did not keep their appointment with Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. A Telangana MP, Porika Naik Balram was quoted as saying, “The delay was accidental and not intentional. We are not against any talks but we are committed to our resignation. We got delayed due to traffic congestion. We have got the next appointment from the Speaker at 5:30pm. We will stay here till 5:30pm."

With the mass resignation threatening to shake the Andhra Pradesh government led by rebel Congres MLA Kiran Kumar Reddy, Konda Surekha who has also submitted the resignation has sought the resignation of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrasekhar Rao and Medak MP Vijayashanthi to resign within 48 hours.

On the other hand, anti-Telangana voices from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have decided to go to Delhi to urge the Centre to keep the state united.

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