5 YSRCP MPs Resign As Parliament Budget Session Ends Without Special Status For Andhra Pradesh

| April 6 , 2018 , 13:02 IST

The Parliament Budget Session 2018 came to an official end on Friday, without any mention for a special category status for Andhra Pradesh, and as promised, 5 MPs from the state's main Opposition Party the YSR Congress Party, submitted their resignations.

The 5 YSRCP MPs, namely Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli, Y V Subba Reddy, P V Midhun Reddy, Y S Avinash Reddy and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy submitted their resignations to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday.

Over the past 22 days, the MPs have been disrupting proceedings in the House and were also the first party to move a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government over the special status issue. Due to continuous disruptions, the no-confidence motion could not be moved, despite the support of other Opposition parties.

“YSRCP has given notices for no-confidence motion 12 times and not even once it was taken up for discussion,” PTI quoted Velagapalli as saying.

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Last week, YSRC chief Mohan Reddy had said that its party MPs would resign on the last date of the parliament session to put pressure on the government.

“Our MPs will resign on the last day of the budget session and march to Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi, where they will sit on an indefinite fast demanding special status,” Reddy had said last week.

Apart from the Opposition YSR Congress party, Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has also protested on the same issue, withdrawing two of its ministers from the Union Cabinet last month and pulling out from the NDA alliance as well.