More MLAs quit; political crisis deepens in Andhra

23 more MLAs resign

More MLAs quit; political crisis deepens in Andhra


Congress, TDP and PRP MLAs who have submitted their resignation addresses media in Hyderabad on Thursday. PTI

In all 76 MLAs from Congress have resigned, 38 from TDP and 14 from PRP in the 294-member Assembly.

Amid a debate over whether or not to continue Assembly proceedings in the wake of the en masse resignations of legislators, the Speaker adjourned the House till Monday.
The Speaker made it clear that he has to speak to all those who quit before taking a decision after ascertaining if they resigned due to their own volition or due to any compulsion.

In view of the crisis, the state government is holding consultations with the Attorney General.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah has called a meeting of floor leaders of all parties to take stock of the situation.

Incidents of violence and stoning of buses were reported in towns of coastal Andhra and Rayasaleema against the Centre's decision to carve out Telangana state.

At the start of the proceedings, the Speaker announced that 103 MLAs of Congress, TDP and PRP have resigned and  that he will go by the rule book while taking a decision on them.

Members including PRP Chief Chiranjeevi raised the issue in the House and felt the decision on a separate Telangana should have been taken through consensus.

Meanwhile, TRS chief Chandrasekhar Rao was discharged from hospital after spending 13 days due to his fast for a separate state of Telangana.

A large number of TRS activists and fans greeted him and raised slogan 'Jai Telangana' when he came out of the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences here.
Doctors said Rao was discharged as his health condition was stable.

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