Jagan's YSR Congress Lawmakers To Resign From Lok Sabha Today

YSR Congress MPs V Vara Prasada Rao YV Subba Reddy PV Midhum Reddy YS Avinash Reddy and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy meet with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday morning

Earlier on Friday, five YSRCP Lok Sabha MPs submitted their resignation letters to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan over their demand for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. All the 5 YSRCP MPs Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, YV Subbareddy, Varaprasad, Avinash Reddy and Midhun Reddy sat for the hunger protest.

The lawmakers had said in a press conference on Thursday that they were resigning to protest the "failure" of the National Democratic Alliance government to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The MPs have disrupted proceedings in the House for the last 22 days, and were the first party to move a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over the issue.

"Resignation letters will be submitted in proper format".

They also began an "indefinite hunger strike" at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan on Ashoka Road here to step up their fight for special status for the state. However, a senior TDP leader, who did not want to be identified, said that his party has decided not to do so. The YSRCP has a total of nine MPs in the Lok Sabha. Taking cue from yesterday's sit-in dharna staged by six of their colleagues in Rajya Sabha, TDP Lok Sabha MPs later moved to the Speaker's office. A couple of hours later, they were evicted from the Speaker's office.

On Naidu's claims of the nexus between the YSRCP and the BJP, he said, "Naidu is trying to club our party with the BJP".

"From the beginning, our leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy has been saying that there is no substitute to the Special Category Status (SCS)". Political analysts point out that with YSRCP leader Jagan Mohan Reddy making it a people's campaign and launching a yatra, Naidu had no choice but to pull out from the NDA government at the Centre.

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