Congress MLAs decides to defeat resolution in Assembly
October 4, 2013 - Hyderabad
All the Congress MLAs from the Seemandhra region in a meeting on Friday decided to take their fight to the floor of the Assembly by opposing the draft Bill or the resolution as and when it comes up for debate.
The leaders agreed to drop the earlier plan of tendering their resignations after discussions that lasted for over three hours at the camp office of the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. 18 Ministers and over 36 MLAs attended the meeting and decided to explore legal options to oppose bifurcation and entrusted the task to a group of Ministers and MLAs. The Minister for Tourism Vatti Vasant Kumar said quoting Article 3 of the Constitution that the draft Bill has to come to the Assembly at any cost and otherwise happen, it can be challenged in court. Kiran Kumar Reddy dissuaded Ministers and MLAs from quitting on the ground that it would deprive them of an opportunity to oppose the draft Bill in the Assembly. Against speculation that the Seemandhra leaders were divided in favour and against the high command’s decision, the meeting went off without any argument and all the members expressed anguish at the decision of the Union Cabinet. Leaders pointed out that there was general perception among the public that the Congress had forged a secret electoral understating with the YSRCP and said that such arrangements would deal a severe blow to the party in the elections.