Hyderabad, Aug. 10: Jaganmohan Reddy today stepped down as Kadapa MP in protest against what he termed the “unilateral and arrogant posturing” of the Congress on the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh
The YSR Congress president, however, stopped short of spelling out his party’s stand on the carving of a Telangana state. His mother Vijayamma, who is the honorary party president, also resigned her Pulivendula Assembly seat.
The duo made the announcement in an “open letter” released by their party this evening and respectively faxed their papers to the Speakers of the Lok Sabha and the Andhra Assembly.
“Jagan faxed his resignation letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker through the (Chanchalguda) jail authorities. It will also be sent by post,” YSR Congress MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy told reporters.
The YSR Congress’s stand on Telangana, however, remained hazy, although the mother-son duo expressed “solidarity” with the people of Seemandhra region.
“Without looking into reality, your unilateral posturing has put our state in disarray and with the hope that our resignations would change your thinking process, we submit our resignations in protest,” Jagan and Vijayamma said in the open letter.
They also accused the Congress of complicating the statehood issue. “We are quitting our posts to express solidarity with the crores of people who have hit the streets to fight the injustice meted out to them by the division of the state without considering the consequences.”
Jagan, who has been in jail since May 2012 for allegedly owning illegal assets, stressed that the Congress stand on Telangana was confusing. “Even as it announced separate statehood for Telangana, the Congress high command has appointed a high-level committee to look into the grievances raised by the Seemandhra lobbies.”
The letter accused the Congress of showing “scant respect” for the people’s sentiments by appointing a panel headed by Union defence minister A.K. Antony instead of a state committee that could listen to the viewpoints of all stakeholders.
“A solution that is acceptable to all parties and that no region is put to disadvantage was the crux of our letter earlier written to the central government,” the letter said.
“If the central government feels the division is inevitable and there exists no other option, Telangana issue should not be looked at in a political perspective for the individual benefit of political parties and leaders.”
The YSR Congress chief’s move comes days after Andhra chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy urged the Congress high command for a rethink on carving a Telangana state and pleaded that nothing be done in haste.
With these two resignations, all YSR Congress lawmakers — two MPs and 18 MLAs — have put in their papers in their fight for a united Andhra.
Yesterday, Telugu Desam chief N. Chandrababu Naidu had written to the Prime Minister questioning the rationale behind making the Telangana announcement without addressing the “burning” concerns of the people of the non-Telangana areas.