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YSR Congress MPs to quit on last day of session

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YSR Congress Party president Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday said his MPs would resign on April 6, the last day of the Budget session of the Lok Sabha over the Centre’s refusal to grant Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh.

“In case Parliament is adjourned sine die, they would resign on the day of adjournment. We would request the TDP to join our struggle,” Mr. Jagan told MPs at an emergency meeting at Muppala village. 

Meanwhile, the TRS, whose protests along with the AIADMK, stalled debate on the no-confidence motions moved by the Andhra parties has decided to call off its agitation in the House.

Mr. Jagan also said the YSR Congress was ready to work with any party supporting the demand for the SCS and told the MPs that all decisions beginning with the announcement of the resignations to tabling the no-confidence motion had been taken with a clear conscience.

Later, party MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy told the media that Mr. Jagan had also assured the MPs that the struggle for the SCS had found resonance among the public since the party had never shied away from raising its voice in the last four years. “It is now clear Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has taken a U-turn on SCS and we are sure that the people of the State do not trust him any more,’’ said Mr. Jagan.

On Tuesday, the no-trust motions filed by five political parties, the Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Telugu Desam Party, the YSR Congress Party and the Revolutionary Socialist Party, will be up for discussion in the Lok Sabha.

The multiple no-confidence motions are an attempt by the Opposition to build moral pressure on Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to allow debate on them. 

Among these parties too, multiple members have filed motions to make it hard for the Speaker to ignore. For five consecutive sittings of Parliament, the no-trust motions moved by the TDP and the YSR Congress, both demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, could not be taken up since the House was not in order. With the

 TRS calling off its protest for increasing reservation in their State beyond the 50% ceiling, the situation has changed.

The AIADMK, however, will continue its protests despite the Water Resources Ministry conveying to the Tamil Nadu government the rough contours of the Cauvery Management Board. 

“The central government wants to satisfy both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu without implementing the Supreme Court judgment, which is not acceptable. So we will continue our protests,” party leader Navaneethakrishnan said.

The multiple motions, however, have left the original movers a little jittery. In a teleconference on Monday evening the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister told his MPs to ensure that the motions moved by the TDP should be taken up for discussion and the TDP MPs should make the most of it by grilling the Narendra Modi government.

(With Sobhana K Nair)

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