YSR Cong MPs resign from LS over spl status for AP

Mounting pressure on the Centre and TDP, five YSR Congress MPs on Friday resigned from Lok Sabha on the last day of Budget Session in protest against denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

The five MPs -- Vara Prasada Rao, Y V Subba Reddy, Midhun Reddy, Y S Avinash Reddy and Mekapati Mohan Reddy -- submitted their resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, as announced by party chief Y S Jaganmohan. The MPs then headed to Andhra Bhavan here to start an indefinite fast.

In a counter, TDP MPs first refused to move out of Lok Sabha even after the House was adjourned sine die, and later held a sit-in inside the Speaker's chamber, in a repeat of Thursday's protest by party colleagues, who refused to move out of Rajya Sabha and Central Hall. They were later marshalled out.

TDP in a spot

The resignation by YSR Congress MPs has put TDP in a spot as it now has to find a way to outwit its rival in the state, which will witness Assembly elections next year. There are also speculation that YSR Congress MLAs will quit the Assembly to step up pressure on the issue.

"People trusted us to fight for special status. If we still stick to our posts, it would be cheating them. So we decided to quit and put pressure on the central government. "Telugu Desam Party members are mocking our efforts, but we do not want certificates from them; we are doing this for the people," YSRCP MP Mithun Reddy said.

Asked why TDP MPs were not resigning, another YSR Congress MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy said, "It is up to them to resign or not...People are watching their actions and will repay accordingly."

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