Hyderabad: Five YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MPs on Friday submitted their resignations to the speaker of the Lok Sabha in protest against Andhra Pradesh not being accorded special category status.
The five lawmakers who resigned on Saturday are V. Vara Prasada Rao, Y.V. Subba Reddy, P.V. Midhun Reddy, Y.S. Avinash Reddy and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy.
On March 31, YSRCP chief Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced that his party MPs will resign on the last day of Parliament’s ongoing session and would sit on an indefinite hunger strike at Andhra Bhavan in the national capital to mount pressure on the centre to grant Andhra Pradesh special category status.
Reddy had also stated that his party cadre will conduct relay hunger strikes in every village, mandal and assembly constituency levels across AP demanding the same. YSRCP had earlier also asked the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs to resign in the interest on the state. However, a senior TDP leader, who did not want to be identified, said that his party has decided not to do so.
“From here on out, it will solely be a matter of political alliances and one-upmanship. The special category status demand is the only thing all parties will be concentrating on. Pressing for it since 2014 when the state bifurcated is paying off for us too," said a senior Congress leader from AP, who also did not want to be quoted.
The issue of AP not being accorded special category status has picked up steam ever since the Union Budget 2018 was announced, when the TDP began protesting against the centre for not giving AP its due in funds. It has also been demanding that all of the promises made to the state before its bifurcation from Telangana in 2014 should also be fulfilled.