Rebel Congress MPs meet President, seek intervention
December 11, 2013 - Hyderabad
The rebel MPs from Seemandhra on Wednesday met the President of India Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention in preventing the division of the State.
The memorandum was signed by three other MPs Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy and Bapi Raju in addition to those who singed on the no-confidence move. Ananthapur Lok Sabha member Anantha Venkatarami Reddy, who signed the memorandum, said he differed with the idea of no-confidence motion since it was a deviation from the core issue.
"Along with two other MPs, namely Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy and Bapi Raju, I have signed in the memorandum to draw the attention of the President over bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. But, as far as the issue of no-confidence motion is concerned, I will not support it," Reddy, whose constituency falls in Seemandhra region, told a news agency. Reddy further claimed that two other MPs have also not given their consent for no-confidence motion. "To my knowledge, none of us (three MPs) favour the no-confidence motion," he stressed.
The memorandum requested the President to uphold the established practise and convention while dividing a state and ascertain views of the state by obtaining the consent of the state legislature before recommending the Telangana draft bill.