In the wake of granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, 5 MPs from the YSR Congress Party submitted their resignations to the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday, April 6, on the last day of the budget session of the Parliament. The MPs have disrupted proceedings in the House for consecutive 22 days and were the first party to move a no-confidence motion against Narendra Modi-led Centre over the issue. The MPs were submitted their resignations are Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli, Y V Subba Reddy, P V Midhun Reddy, YS Avinash Reddy and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy.
A day before they addressed the media and enunciated anger over their pending no-trust motion, as it could not be moved due to persistent disruption. One of the MPs, Rao Velagapalli told to PTI, “YSRCP has given notices for no-confidence motion 12 times and not even once it was taken up for discussion.” The Parliament also witnessed Congress-led protest yesterday against the Narendra Modi led-Bharatiya Janata Party demanding competence over many issues, which include SC/ST Act, farmer distress, failing to constitute Cauvery Water Board, granted special status to Andhra Pradesh among others.
Regional parties from the Andhra Pradesh have witnessed a showdown with the Centre over granting special status to the state. Recently, ruling party Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled out 2 of its ministers from the Union Cabinet and also quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the issue. YSRC Supremo Jagan Mohan Reddyhad had earlier said that the MPs would quit on the last day of the session to pressurise the Centre to take action.