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Meira rejects all 13 resignations

Meira rejects all  13 resignations
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Meira Rejects All 13 Resignations, Speaker Meira Kumar, Resignations of 13 Seemandhra MPs. The Seemandhra MPs on Friday received a severe jolt, as...

  • Resignations submitted on August 2 protesting against CWC decision
  • Speaker apparently took into account Seemandhra agitators’ demands
  • MPs faced protests & gheraos to resign in favour of Samaikyandhra

MPs who put in papers

S P Y Reddy, G V Harsha Kumar, A Sai Pratap, Lagadapati Rajagopal, Ananta Venkatram Reddy, V Arun Kumar, Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy, Konakalla Narayana, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, Sabbam Hari and Kanumuru Bapi Raju.

The Seemandhra MPs on Friday received a severe jolt, as Speaker Meira Kumar rejected the resignations of 13 Seemandhra MPs belonging to the Congress, YSRCP and the TDP. Their attempt to create a Constitutional crisis and to reduce the majority of the Congress-led UPA Government through resignations has suffered a setback.

Resignations of 13 Seemandhra MPs – S P Y Reddy, G V Harsha Kumar, A Sai Pratap, L Rajagopal, Ananta Venkatram Reddy, V Arun Kumar, Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy, Konakalla Narayana, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, M Rajamohan Reddy, Sabbam Hari and Kanumuru Bapi Raju – have been rejected by the Speaker. Seemandhra MP A Sai Pratap said that the Congress MPs would meet again and take a collective decision on the future course of action. Another resignation, in the Speaker’s format, will once again be submitted to the Speaker. “We will not accept the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. If our resignations are once again rejected, then we will register our protest by opposing the Telangana Bill on floor of Parliament,” Sai Pratap said.

The Seemandhra MPs have been very vocal in their demand that if their resignations are accepted, they would be relieved, as it is an expression of their commitment to keeping Andhra Pradesh united.

Some had even declared that just in case their resignations are rejected, then they would oppose the Telangana Bill in Parliament. This clearly made their resignations conditional on the developments relating to Telangana, which is wholly contrary to the rules.
According to Speaker’s office, the resignations were rejected in terms of provisions of Article 101 (3) of the Constitution and Rule 240 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha. The Article states that, “Provided that in the case of any resignation referred to in Sub-Clause (b), if from information received or otherwise and after making such inquiry as he thinks fit, the Chairman or the Speaker, as the case may be, is satisfied that such resignation is not voluntary or genuine, he shall not accept such resignation.”
Amalapuram MP Harsha Kumar expressed surprise over the rejection of his resignation, He said he had submitted it in Speaker’s format. He alleged that Congress had taken the decision to bifurcate the State, without taking its own MPs into confidence and had entered into a tie-up with Jaganmohan Reddy. Lagadapati Rajagopal said that he would submit his resignation again to the Speaker on Monday. The rejection of resignations was done as the Congress party fears that it would lose majority in the Parliament, he told media in Visakhapatnam. Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy said they had all submitted in Speaker’s format only in a proper manner.
AICC spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said the Speaker had taken the decision, keeping in view the ground realities. “We appreciate her stand and it depends on those Members now to decide what they want,” she stated. Speaker Meira Kumar is understood to have received data on the threats publicly held out by the leaders of the agitation demanding that the Seemandhra MPs should resign. Besides, the properties of these Seemandhra MPs were selectively targeted, with a view to pressurize them to tender their resignations. In such a backdrop, when individual MPs claimed their resignations were voluntary in nature and not tendered under duress, it was found unconvincing and lacking credibility.
Resignations were submitted on August 2, protesting against the Congress Working Committee (CWC) Resolution of July 30 on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Clearly, it was linked to the process on Telangana. This impression was strengthened by the fact that MPs have publicly declared that they are in no position to visit their homes and constituencies and that their resignations should be accepted without any further loss of time.
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