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Telangana: After MLAs, now 11 Congress MPs resign

Last updated on: July 4, 2011 15:58 IST

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Mounting pressure on the Centre, 11 Congress members of Parliament from Telangana tendered their resignation on Monday in support of their demand for statehood to the region.

Keshava Rao, a Rajya Sabha member, denied that the MPs are posturing.

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"We don't play gimmicks. I have given my resignation to the Speaker," he said.

"We are not quitting the party. We have resigned for the sake of Telangana. We humbly request again that Telangana be given," Ponnam Prabhakar, Karimnagar MP, told newsmen in Hyderabad.

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Image: The letter sent by Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar
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The Telangana Congress MPs are not kids to be mollified or placated, Keshav Rao said.

In Delhi, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "Geopolitical gerrymandering especially when it pertains to proposed redrawing of a state boundary is a very complex, intricate and sensitive business".

He said the "first requisite of such an exercise is patience and patience as conflicting aspirations of various stakeholders have to be reconciled in a harmonious manner. It is especially true in the Andhra/Telangana matter."

"Due to delay in the process of formation of a Telangana state, the people of the region are in a state of deep anguish," Rao had said in a joint statement on Saturday.


Image: Congress Rajya Sabha member K Keshav Rao
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