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24 Cong, 2 TDP Rebel MLAs Resign

PTI 22 Aug 2011, 19:41:56 IST

Hyderabad, Aug 22: In fresh trouble for the Congress in Andhra Pradesh, 24 of its MLAs and two TDP rebel legislators on Monday resigned protesting inclusion of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's name in the CBI FIR in a probe into his son Jaganmohan's assets.

The ruling Congress MLAs resigned both from the Assembly and the primary membership of the party over the issue and faxed the resignation letters to APCC headquarters.

The 26 MLAs, who submitted their resignations to legislature secretary S Raja Sadaram today, have been siding with Jagan Reddy - Kadapa MP and YSR Congress President - for the past few months.

Disqualification petitions are pending against seven of these MLAs, including one who did not resign today.

Three Jagan-loyal MLAs from Telangana region did not submit their resignations claiming they had already put in their papers over the statehood issue.

Those who did not resign include Konda Surekha, Jayasudha Kapoor and Kunja Satyavathi.

Though their earlier resignations were rejected by Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, along with 98 other rejections, the three MLAs contended that their papers still held good.

"We will challenge the rejection of our resignations legally.The cause for which we tendered our resignations still holds good," Konda Surekha told PTI.

It was for the Telangana cause that they had resigned and not for Jagan, she admitted but added that they had quit the Congress party today on the Jagan issue.

The lone MLA of YSR Congress and its honorary president Y S Vijayamma did not tender her resignation which party sources said was "part of a strategy". PTI