In a political seesaw 26 MLAs 24 from the Congress and two TDP rebels supporting Y S Jaganmohan Reddy resigned while 17 MLAs of Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) joined the Congress on Monday. The developments took place almost simultaneously.
As PRP chief K Chiranjeevi,who merged his party with the Congress on Saturday,was being cheered and felicitated at the Congress headquarters and his 16 MLAs formally inducted,the 26 MLAs supporting Jaganmohan drove into the Assembly premises to submit their resignation letters. With 17 MLAs,including Chiranjeevi,joining the party a few minutes before the resignations,the ruling Congress did not even feel the pinch.
The MLAs submitted their resignations in what is being construed as a retaliation over the CBI raids against Jaganmohan and his companies. Fearing that the Congress might try to prevail upon some of its MLAs to rethink,Jaganmohan immediately flew all the MLAs from Shamshabad airport to Renigunta in a private charter jet from where they will be driven down to the YSR family estate at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district.
The capital witnessed dramatic scenes on the roads in the morning. K Chiranjeevi,who celebrated his 57th birthday Monday,arrived from Delhi and was greeted by hundreds of his fans and supporters. He was driven down along with 16 PRP MLAs to the Congress headquarters in a long procession. On the parallel road,26 MLAs supporting Jaganmohan also took out a procession towards the Assembly.
As Speaker N Manohar is away in his constituency,the 26 MLAs submitted their letters to Legislature Secretary S Raja Sadaram. Three Congress MLAs,Konda Surekha,Jayasudha Kapoor and K Sathyavathi,who also support Jaganmohan,did not submit their resignations,stating that they had already resigned earlier in support of Telangana. However,the Speaker had rejected their resignations last month,saying they were made in an emotionally charged atmosphere. Sources said the three MLAs did not resign again to make sure that the Telangana sentiment was not hurt as Jaganmohan is against bifurcation of the state.
The resignation letters are in the prescribed format. There is no question of the Speaker rejecting them this time, said former minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose. We have decided to resign in protest against the inclusion of YSRs name in the CBI FIR. They are tarnishing his image. YSR worked hard and undertook a 1,500-km-long padyatra to bring the Congress back to power in the state. He launched several welfare schemes and due to his popularity,the party returned to power in May 2009. Such a persons name is being maligned especially when he is no more.