Telugu Desam Party Member Parliament Kesineni Srinivas on Wednesday said that the "delay" in accepting the resignations of five YSR Congress lawmakers was akin to a fixed match between the BJP and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
"As the elections are coming, the five parliamentarians resigned in an act of public stunt to fool the people of Andhra" Srinivas told the media.
The five MPs who resigned during the budget session are Vara Prasad Rao, YV Subba Reddy, PV Midhun Reddy, YS Avinash Reddy and the party floor leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy. They resigned over the failure of the central government to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.
All their resignation letters, which were submitted to the Speaker on April 6, had only one line: â€śI hereby tender my resignation of my Lok Sabha seat in the House with immediate effect.â€ť
"They accepted the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa within two days. It's been more than two months the BJP government is deliberately holding their resignations. The reason for the slow down of their resignations is to provide a good stature to them in Andhra Pradesh,â€ť Kesineni said.
The Lok Sabha Speaker on May 29 had requested the MPs to reconsider their resignations, they met her in the national capital on Wednesday to submit fresh letters, urging her to accept their resignations.
Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy told reporters after the meeting that they conveyed to the Speaker that there is no change in their decision. They replied in affirmative when she wanted to know if this is their final decision.
The MPs told reporters that the Speaker had assured them that their resignations would be accepted. The Speaker has apparently asked for â€śre-confirmationâ€ť letters in order for her to accept the resignations.
Meanwhile, speaking to the media during his ongoing Praja Sankalpa Yatra, Leader of Opposition YS Jagan said, â€śI salute the five MPs who had quit 14 months ahead of their term and Chandrababu Naidu has deprived us the opportunity to gain national attention by not agreeing to join hands in the en masse resignations.â€ť
â€śOn one hand, Naidu did not agree for the en masse resignations and on the other, his party leaders have been making ridiculous and incoherent statements and are trying to distort the sincerity of our MPs,â€ť Jagan added.
Kesineni also warned Jagan, saying, "If Jagan is going to stitch alliance with the BJP, he will suffer a major political setback in Andhra Pradesh."