Cong shows iron fist in Telangana battle, expels 6 Lok Sabha MPs

The six Congress MPs had given a notice of no-confidence motion against the government.

New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2014 12:44 am

Having decided to table the Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha, the Congress on Tuesday cracked down on dissenters, expelling from the party six MPs from Seemandhra who had given notice for a no-confidence motion, and who have been leading the protests that have paralysed the lower house since the beginning of this session.

Congress sources said the next step could be their suspension from the House, which the party believes would ensure the passage of the Bill. Government floor managers will be seeking the opposition’s cooperation in suspending the MPs, sources said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet top BJP leaders over lunch on Wednesday to discuss the standoff in Parliament.

By expelling Sabbam Hari, G V Harsha Kumar, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Lagadapati Rajagopal, R Sambasiva Rao and A Sai Pratap, the party has sent out a strong signal to those opposing the division of Andhra Pradesh to fall in line. However, many other Congress MPs, including ministers, from Seemandhra made it clear on Tuesday that they would oppose the Bill.

Sabbam Hari, who is the MP from Anakapalli, threatened to immolate himself in Lok Sabha if the Bill was tabled. He claimed he would be joined by two other MPs. Hari has already resigned from the party, and the expulsion does not mean much for him.

The Congress core group, which met in the afternoon, discussed the crisis in Parliament. AICC general secretary and head of the party’s communications department, Ajay Maken, said, “We are committed to creation of Telangana. This (expulsions) is a step in the direction.”

Asked about the possibility of action against the rebellious Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Maken said: “The immediate goal is to get the clearance from Parliament for the Telangana Bill. The party is looking into other aspects at different levels.”

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First Published on: February 11, 2014 3:43 pm
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    harinath
    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:16 am
    Why is your heart bleeding PM of India Manmohan singh or Foreigner Sonia i or fundamentalist Leader Modi or killer CBN of TDP. Punjab is not getting divided manmohan nor ir your mother land is getting divided Sonia, nor you personal property modi, nor is your son CBN. You are drawing the dagger through our Andhra Pradesh Heart and we are bleeding?
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      raj
      Feb 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm
      Why is this news paper not covering any articles about Seemandhra agitation!?
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        raj
        Feb 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm
        Why is this news paper not covering any articles about Seemandhra agitation!?
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          Citizen
          Feb 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm
          This clearly shows how this party is functioning only to help one family by a group instead of taking all the members of its own party into consideration, If they can not keep their own party united how can they think of keeping nation and society united and rule for the sake of common man/nation??? Jaihind
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            Citizen
            Feb 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm
            This clearly shows how this party is functioning only to help one family by a group instead of taking all the members of its own party into consideration, If they can not keep their own party united how can they think of keeping nation and society united and rule for the sake of common man/nation??? Jaihind
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              N. L.
              Feb 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm
              Is India still a democratic country? I didn't know that Andhra Congress MPs are not supposed to give their opinion. I am happy living far from India.
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