15 Cong MPs threaten to vote against Bill

Fifteen Congress MPs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have reportedly faxed a letter to the party high command that they would abstain from voting or vote against it when Telangana Bill is introduced in Parliament

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: July 31, 2013 2:12:42 am

Fifteen Congress MPs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have reportedly faxed a letter to the party high command that they would abstain from voting or vote against it when Telangana Bill is introduced in Parliament.

“I am not going against the party but I have a democratic right to disagree,” said Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal. Guntur MP Sambasiva Rao has put in his papers. “If the party does not accept it,I won’t participate in the discussion on Telangana in Parliament. We will fight tooth and nail to prevent division of the state,” he said. At least 90 Congress MLAs and 12 MPs are expected to resign Wednesday.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is under tremendous pressure to quit and may do so Wednesday,though he dismissed the possibility Tuesday night.

Congress leaders said the party was dividing Andhra Pradesh only to counter Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

“The party high command has simply shut out opinions,including that of the Chief Minister,opposing division of the state,” a miffed MP camping in New Delhi for three days said.

Party leaders are also not sure if Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) will merge with Congress. “When AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said TRS should honoured its promise to merge with Congress once Telangana was announced,TRS chief KCR did not respond,’’ said Rajagopal.

The leaders said all Congress candidates in rest of Andhra will lose deposits in the next election for failing to stop division of the state.

Congress Whip R P Raju said: “Loyal partymen are being forced to swallow poison. We know the consequences. Our supporters will abuse,spit and reject us.”

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