Union HRD Minister Pallam Raju and other Union Ministers from Andhra region offered to quit in protest against decision to form Telangana.
In an exclusive conversation with DD News, the Minister stated he along with other union ministers from Andhra region have offered to quit in protest against decision to form Telangana.
He however said the party has asked him to stay on. Earlier, Six Congress Loksabha MPs and one Rajya Sabha MP from Seemandhra region resigned on Friday.
The Loksabha MPs, L Rajgopal, A Saipratap, V Arun Kumar, G V Harsh Kumar, Anant Venkatram Reddy tendered their resignations to Lok Sabha secretary General.
5 TDP MPs also resigned protesting injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh.
While these MPs tendered their resignations to Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Vishwanathan, the lone Upper House member from Andhra Pradesh, KVP Ramachandra Rao, submitted his resignation to Rajya Sabha Secretary General Shamsher K Sheriff.
The MPs claimed that central ministers from Andhra Pradesh would meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister on Saturday and then tender their resignations.
They said they had sought an appointment with Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as per norms that the Speaker, who has to accept their resignations, has to be satisfied that they had taken the step on their own free will and not under duress.
The resignations came a day after Congress Union Ministers and some MPs from Andhra Pradesh held a meeting at the residence of KVP Ramachandra Rao last night.
At the meeting, the Union Ministers are understood to have counselled the MPs not to resign saying that after the Congress high-command’s decision on Telangana formation, it would focus on Andhra’s future development.
However, the MPs felt that the situation has still not gone out of hand and by tendering their resignations, they can force the government to hold back its decision.
Some of them were also of the view that the issue could be raised effectively in Parliament by stalling its proceedings when the Monsoon Session begins from Monday