PARLIAMENT SESSION BEGINS WITHOUT TELANGANA MPs

New Delhi/Hyderabad, Aug 1 (NSS): The Telangana MPs belonging to the Congress and TRS parties,
who had resigned in pursuance of their demand for separate Telangana state, abstained from attending
Parliament on the opening day of the monsoon session on Monday.
It may be mentioned here that 10 members from Congress and two from TRS have submitted
their resignations from the Lok Sabha and one Congress member, Dr K. Keshav Rao, had resigned
from the Rajya Sabha.
All efforts by the Union Minister for Health, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also in-charge of
Congress affairs in the state, during the last two days to convince the party MPs from the region to
attend the session proved futile. However, a silver lining in dark cloud for the Congress came in the
form of two party MPs --- Mr Anjan Kumar Yadav (Secunderabad) and Mr Sarve Satyanarayana
(Malkajgiri) – who had refused to tender their resignations attended the session.
Even as both Houses of Parliament were gearing up for the opening day of the monsoon session,
the Telangana Congress MPs assembled at the residence of the Rajya Sabha member, Dr Keshav Rao,
to discuss their plan of action during the monsoon session. Mr Azad made a last minute bid to persuade
the 11 MPs, who had resigned to cooperate in attending the session. However, the MPs are learnt to
have made it clear that only after a categorical announcement on Telangana state alone would ensure
their attendance in both the Houses of Parliament.
After passing the customary condolence resolutions to mourn the demise of former members,
both the Houses adjourned for the day. Mr Azad is expected to meet the Telangana MPs again in the
evening to continue his efforts to make the members attend the session and leave the decision about
their resignations to the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
Whether the Telangana Congress MPs stick to their guns during their meeting with Mr Azad
and await a decision of the Lok Sabha Speaker with regard to their resignations and then chalk out their
future plan of action has assumed keen interest in political circles. On the other hand, the Seemandhra
MPs opposing bifurcation of the state, are likely to attend the session to make their voice heard. Will
the Telangana MPs in that case try to counter them? is the question being debated in political circles.
In the meantime, the TRS as planned earlier has intensified its agitation programme by
launching rasta roko all over the region demanding deletion of clause 14-F from the Presidential Order
for conducting the SI recruitment examination. Vehicular traffic on the main thoroughfares in various
districts and also on the national highways in the region were disrupted due to the agitation.
The OU Students JAC took out a massive rally from the campus to the busy Tarnaka junction
and organized a rasta roko. The TDP Telangana Legislators Forum commenced a “deeksha” at the
Indira Park demanding immediate steps to bifurcate the State. (NSS)
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