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Rajagopal withdraws plea against Speaker

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Rajagopal Withdraws Plea Against Speaker, , Seemandhra Congress MP L Rajagopal. In a major climbdown, Seemandhra Congress MP L Rajagopal has withdrawn his petition in the Delhi High Court, seeking direction to Speaker Meira Kumar that she should accept his resignation

In a major climbdown, Seemandhra Congress MP L Rajagopal has withdrawn his petition in the Delhi High Court, seeking direction to Speaker Meira Kumar that she should accept his resignation. Rajagopal has signalled that he is steering clear of confrontation with the high office of the Speaker and wants to plead with her to accept his resignation. This comes a day after Rajagopal submitted a fresh resignation to the Speaker’s office on Monday.

After submitting his resignation originally on August 2, when it was not acted upon, Rajagopal approached the Delhi High Court, seeking a direction to the Speaker to accept his resignation. During the pendency of the petition, he sought a meeting with the Speaker to plead for the acceptance of his resignation.
The Speaker’s office snubbed him, saying the Speaker cannot discuss the issue as the matter was sub-judice. Soon afterwards, Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday last rejected his resignation, along with the resignations of 12 other Seemandhra MPs, including the Congress, YSRCP and TDP. Rajagopal, who has submitted a fresh resignation letter to the Speaker’s office on Monday, is adopting a conciliatory attitude to ensure that his resignation is accepted, without further delay.
The Speaker has to satisfy herself that the resignations are voluntary and free of any external pressure. The Seemandhra MPs are making every possible effort to ensure that no impression is given out that it was either en masse resignations or pre-planned under pressure from the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra. This time round, all the Seemandhra MPs handed in separate resignation letters, chose not to make any elaborate statements and decided to keep low-profile till the Speaker accepts the resignations.
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