YSR Cong MPs say they will resign from Lok Sabha today

YSRCP on Friday sat on an indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi demanding the granting of special status to Andhra Pradesh. More party MPs are likely to follow suit.

The YSR Congress and the Chandrababu Naidu headed Telugu Desam Party which have walked out of the BJP-led NDA recently moved no-confidence motion notices in the Lok Sabha.

Midhun Reddy, one of the five YSR MPs, called the TDP members to resign from the Lok Sabha along with his YSR Congress MPs.

"YSRCP has given notices for no-confidence motion 12 times and not even once it was taken up for discussion", Mr Velagapalli said. In fact, the TDP has already quit the NDA over the issue.

Another MP YV Subba Reddy said that the proposed resignations will not be symbolic and these would be submitted in a proper format.

The YSRCP has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu of "disrespecting democracy".

"Naidu began fighting for special category status out of sheer pressure from the people as our leader has been ramping up pressure on him on the issue".

"This sit-in is part of the TDP antics". Later they were all marshalled out around 8.15 p.m. Taking cue from yesterday's sit-in dharna staged by six of their colleagues in Rajya Sabha, TDP Lok Sabha MPs later moved to the Speaker's office. "How can they help?" asked YSR Congress Party MP Midhun Reddy.

Andhra Pradesh wants a special category status which will give it a higher share of central funds because its revenues have taken a hit after Telengana was carved out of it. "But that promise has not been fulfilled till date", he said. They had threatened to do so expressing unhappiness over Andhra Pradesh not being given "special category" status. They gather near the Speaker's podium while holding placards and shouting slogans.

  • Jon Douglas