LS Speaker calls YSRCP leaders for meeting: 'Won’t go back on resignations,' say MPs

LS Speaker calls YSRCP leaders for meeting Wont go back on resignations say MPs
news Politics Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 18:30

The Lok Sabha Speaker’s office, on Monday, sent a letter to the YSRCP MPs who tendered their resignations over the Andhra Pradesh Special Category Status row, asking them for a meeting.

The communication was signed off by the Joint Secretary of the Lok Sabha.

The Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, is likely to accept the resignations after the meeting.

Speaking to TNM, YSRCP General Secretary, Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Redy confirmed the communication received and said, "There is no question of going back on the resignations as far as the Special Category Status is concerned."

He added, "The resignations were made to mount the pressure on the Union government to meet the states demands of SCS, among others."

The MPs who have tendered their resignations are likely to meet the Speaker on May 29.

When asked if his party would contest in the bye-elections if their MP's resignations were accepted, he said the MPs would do so.

While the Election Commission of India will decide when the bye-polls take place, it is supposed to take place within six months of a seat falling vacant. Several feel this effort will be a boost for the YSRCP.

In the first week of April, 5 YSRCP MPs resigned from their positions in the Lok Sabha in protest against the state not being granted Special Category Status.

The MPs who resigned were YV Subbareddy, Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, YS Avinash Reddy, Varaprasada Rao and PV Mithun Reddy. 

Their resignation letters, which were submitted to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumithra Mahajan, were just one line long:  "I hereby tender my resignation of my Lok Sabha seat in the House with immediate effect.”

The protests had increased after the Union budget made no mention of this demand – the state has seen massive protests from the Opposition YSRCP and the ruling TDP.

In fact, Jagan Mohan Reddy, the YSRCP chief, had even asked CM Chandrababu Naidu to ask his party MPs to resign en masse to mount pressure on the Union government, but the latter refused.

Chandrababu, on the other hand, is holding a Dharma Porata Deeksha Vishakhapatnam, followed by similar protests in Vijayawada and Tirupati

 

 

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