Hyderabad, August 21, 2011
The Congress, which has a wafer-thin majority in the 294-member Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is likely to face a political crisis as about 28 rebel legislators and two Members of Parliament (MPs), supporting YSR Congress Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, decided to resign from the party and their posts.
Their decision was to protest against the inclusion of the name of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in the first information report (FIR) by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the raids being conducted by the agency in the offices and residences of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets case against him.
Announcing this to reporters after holding a meeting in the YSR Congress Party office here, former Congress Minister Pilli Subash Chandra Bose said the MPs and legislators would submit their resignation letters tomorrow.
He said 22 Congress rebel legislators and two MPs had decided to resign after attending the meeting while three other women legislators - film actress Jayasudha, firebrand Konda Surekha and K Satyavathi - had already resigned for the cause of Telangana state earlier. Their resignation letters are pending with the Speaker while the rest had informed over the telephone about their decision to resign.
Mr Bose said the legislators could not tolerate the late YSR being shown in poor light, that too like a "criminal" by the CBI even though he was instrumental in strengthening the Congress party in the state.
He said the former Chief Minister strived hard to bring the party back to power in the state twice and the Centre with a majority of MPS elected from the state.
The Congress party has a strength of 156, just eight more than a simple majority.
When the Praja Rajyam Party led by actor-turned politician K Chiranjeevi joined the Congress yesterday, its strength has gone up. The MIM, which has seven members, is also likely to support the Congress.
Earlier, state Congress chief Botcha Satyanarayana, at a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan, appealed to the rebel legislators not to tender their resignations.
According to him, when there is an agitation on corruption in the country, it is not wise for the MLAs to resign by supporting Mr Jaganmohan Reddy, who was facing allegations of corruption. At the same time, he also said that the party would not face any crisis if they quit.
The Congress MPs who decided to resign are Mekapati Raj Mohan representing Nellore and Sobhan Hari from Anakapalli.
The 28 legislators are: Pilli Subash Chandra Bose (Ramachandrapuram), Balineni Srinvas Reddy (Ongole), Konda Surekha (Parkalla), Mekapati Chandrasekhar Reddy (Udayagiri), G Srikanth Reddy (Rayachoti), B Siva Prasad Reddy (Darsi), Bhooma Sobha Nagireddy (Allagadda), Ch Adinarayana Reddy (Jammalamadugu), Kapu Ramachandra Reddy (Rayadurgam),
Korla Bharati (Tekkali), K Srinivasulu (Railway Koduru), Golla Babu Rao (Payakaraopet), P Ravi (Putalapattu), K Satyavathi (Bhadrachalam), Jayasudha (Secunderabad), Balaraju (Polavaram), Katasani Ram Bhoopal Reddy (Panyam), B Gurnath Reddy (Anantapur), A Amarnath Reddy (Rajampet), A Nani (Eluru), M Prasad Raju (Narasapuram), K Chennakesava Reddy (Emmiganur), N Sesha Reddy (Anaparthi), Sucharita Reddy (Prathipadu), Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar (Kakinada City), Bal Nagireddy (Mantralayam), Nallapureddy Prasanna Kumar Reddy(Kovvur) and Dharmana Krishna Das (Narasanpet).