New Delhi: TDP MP and son of N T Rama Rao, N Harikrishna on Thursday resigned from Rajya Sabha in protest against the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Harikrishna, 57, said he met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Hamid Ansari this morning and submitted his resignation.
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien informed the House that the Chairman has accepted his resignation. Talking to PTI, Harikrishna alleged that the decision to bifurcate the state was taken to reap political benefit in favour of Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
"By this decision, they (Congress) killed the Telugu spirit. They did it to make Rahul Gandhi next Prime Minister after the Lok Sabha polls," he said. Striking an emotive note, Harikrishna, son of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao, recalled the steps taken by his late father to keep the state united.
"My father stood firmly for the cause of united Andhra Pradesh. Now it is shattered. My conscience would not allow me to continue (as Rajya Sabha MP)," he said.
The TDP leader, who had announced his resignation few days back, had alleged that the Congress leadership announced the division without resolving the crucial issues like water sharing.
When Kurien asked the TDP members to give notice, they said they have already done so. After all pleas by Kurien to persuade them to resume their seats went unheeded, he remarked, "Why don't you cooperate? This is a question of Tamil Nadu fishermen, your own brothers. I will be forced to adjourn the House."
Both of them kept demanding that the issue be allowed to be raised. They chanted, "What kind of democracy is this?" As both Chowdary and Ramesh were unrelenting, Kurien adjourned the House for 30 minutes at about 1.05 pm.
As soon as the House was adjourned, there were sparring between Govardhan Reddy (Cong) and the two TDP members. It was triggered after Reddy was heard as asking why both the TDP members also don't resign from the House.
A visibly agitated Ramesh and Chowdary strongly objected to Reddy's remarks while other members were seen pacifying both and taking Reddy away in order to avoid any further controversy.