In a deft move, the Opposition Telugu Desam Party has lobbed the T-ball into the court of the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC), putting the onus on the latter to pressure Congress legislators from the region and precipitate a Constitutional crisis in the State.
The Telangana TDP MLAs, who met at NTR Bhavan today, submitted their resignations to politburo member and Nagarkurnool MLA N Janardhan Reddy.
In turn, Reddy has decided to forward the same to JAC convener Prof M Kodandaram, with a request to him to collect the resignations of all the Congress MLAs and ministers from Telangana.
Janardhan Reddy said that they had waited several days for their Congress counterparts to quit as the leaders of that party had asked for time till the terms of reference of the Srikrishna Committee were laid down.
Once it became clear that the terms were unacceptable to the people of Telangana, the TDP had decided to help create a constitutional crisis in the State.
But there was no response from the Congress, he lamented.
“We waited for four hours yesterday for the Congress MLAs at the JAC meeting. But only four of them turned up,’’ Reddy pointed out.
He also blamed the TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao for unilaterally announcing, without discussing the matter in the JAC, that his party MLAs would put in their papers.
Thus, the TDP leaders seem to be blaming both the Congress and the TRS for not abiding by the decisions of the JAC. “We always said TDP would go by any decision of the JAC,’’ Janardhan Reddy stressed.
By submitting their resignations to the JAC convener, the TDP has sought to gain the moral high ground as contrasted with the Congress legislators’ clinging to their seats.
The TDP’s ploy also stems from the consideration that if the JAC succeeded in collecting the resignations of Congress legislators there would be no byelections in the State, the fear of which had had the Opposition party paralysed in the first place.