Image: Congress MP from Telangana region, K Keshava Rao after resigning from Rajya Sabha to protest against the Centres ''delay'' in the formation of a separate Telangana state, in New Delhi on Monday.
'Today is United States' Independence Day and we hope today will also become Telangana's Independence Day,' the minister said outside the assembly building. Jana Reddy, who later left for Delhi for talks with the central leadership, claimed that their fight was for self-rule and self-respect of the Telangana region. Twelve Congress members of the legislative council and three of TDP have also submitted their resignations to council chairperson K. Chakrapani. The legislators said the resignations were aimed at pressurising the central government to carve out a separate Telangana state as promised by it on Dec 9, 2009.
The Congress leaders resigned despite the efforts of the central and state leadership of the party over last three days to dissuade them. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi that a final decision on the 'extremely sensitive and complex' issue was yet to be taken.
'The central government's view will be made known after the consultation process is over. We have to bring everyone on board. There is a strong view of a large number of people. We are yet to take a final decision,' Chidambaram told reporters.