5 YSR Congress MPs resign from Lok Sabha in protest on Andhra issue

RSTV Bureau
Protest in Lok Sabha.  PTI

Protest in Lok Sabha.
PTI

Five YSR Congress Party MPs resigned from the Lok Sabha on Friday, the last day of Budget Session, to protest the “failure” of the NDA government to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The MPs expressed outrage as notices for no confidence motion against the NDA government could not be taken up for discussion in the House due to continuous disruptions.

V Vara Prasada Rao, YV Subba Reddy, PV Midhun Reddy, YS Avinash Reddy, and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy submitted their letters of resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Friday morning.

The party had 9 members in Lok Sabha, while it has two MPs in Rajya Sabha.

The YSR Congress, which is principal opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, also blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu of “disrespecting democracy” and for failing to keep their promises to the people of Andhra Pradesh.

The YSR Congress MPs had given notices for no confidence motion against the government for its failure to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, addressing a press conference in Delhi, “YSRCP has given notices for no-confidence motion 12 times and not even once it was taken up for discussion,” party MP Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli had said.

YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced in February that the party’s five MPs would resign if its demand for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh was not fulfilled by the Centre.

The YSRCP and the TDP, which walked out of the BJP-led NDA, had given notices for no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

Following this, TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Naidu had met parliamentary party leaders of various parties in an attempt to garner support for the no-confidence motion.

“Naidu began fighting for special category status out of sheer pressure from the people as our leader has been ramping up pressure on him on the issue. He had no option but to quit the NDA,” another YSRCP MP Mekapati Raja Mohan Reddy said.

On Naidu’s claims of nexus between the YSRCP and the BJP, he said, “Naidu is trying to club our party with the BJP. This is unfair. The TDP was in alliance with the BJP for four years and now they are blaming us.”

(With inputs from PTI)