Congress MPs to Keep Telangana boiling

Telangana Congress MPs have decided to resume their agitation for a Telangana state in Parliament on Monday despite the stern warning of Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee that they should either behave themselves or face the risk of being suspended from the House.

For four days after Parliament met for its winter session on Nov 22, the Telangana Congress MPs and TRS MPs tried to stall the proceedings on the statehood issue.

On Thursday, Pranab Mukherjee summoned them to his chambers and gave them a dressing down. The MPs, however, claimed that they gave it back to Mukherjee in equal measure, saying that the Congress should understand the sensibilities of the people of Telangana.

From Monday, the MPs want to resume their agitation though of one their colleagues, Manda Jagannadham, is under treatment at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for a heartrelated problem.

“We are committed to continuing our agitation,” said Karimnagar MP P Prabhakar and hoped that the TRS too would join them.

One MP who did not want to be quoted said: “Till now it was the party high command which encouraged us to raise the T issue so that the party would be protected in the Telangana region. But the same political bosses are asking us to keep quiet. This is not proper,” he said, adding that if they did not raise the issue, they would have political problems back in their constituencies.

Meanwhile, Karimnagar MP P Prabhakar said all the eight T MPs were committed to their protest from Monday in the Lok Sabha for which they would evolve a strategy. The protest programme would be decided after talks with other political parties backing the T issue. The government should make a statement on the T issue in Parliament, he said. [New Indian Express]

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