The suspended Congress members -- Ponnam Prabhakar, Madhu Yaskhi Goud [ Images ], M Jagannath, K R G Reddy, G Viveknanda, Balram Naik, Sukender Reddy Gutha and S Rajaiah -- sat on the steps of the main gate of Parliament and raised slogans in support of their demand for early formation of Telangana [ Images ] state. They also carried placards, which read: 'Honour Your commitment, give separate Telanagana state' and 'Fulfill your commitment, honour Telanagana sentiment'.
"We want Telanagana...Jai Telanagana...Telangana ko banayiye, loktantra ko bachayiye and amal karo, UPA ka wada amal karo...," rent the air as the suspended MPs raised the pitch of their voice.
The blocking of entry to Parliament forced MPs to use other gates for the half-an-hour just before sitting of the Houses.
Later, on behalf of the pro-Telanagana Congress MPs, M Jagannath told the media, "I appeal to students not to commit suicide because Telanagana will be created soon. They should realise their dreams."
Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] for being double-faced by not supporting them at the time of their suspension even though some other parties did, Jagannath said, "When we were suspended, the BJP did not raise their voice of opposition, even though they claim to support the Telanagana cause. They showed their real face."
In an extraordinary step, the Lok Sabha had on Tuesday suspended eight Congress members from Telangana region for four days for repeatedly causing disruptions over separate statehood issue, after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal [ Images ] moved a motion seeking their suspension.
The motion was carried by a voice vote. This is perhaps the first time in several years that members of the ruling party have been suspended from either House of Parliament.
The Congress in Andhra Pradesh has been divided on regional lines with members from the Telangana region in the forefront of the demand for a separate state.