Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Wednesday set a deadline till March 6 for a formal commitment on statehood for Telangana by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, failing which, it said, it would ask four party MPs, 16 MLAs and three MLCs to resign.
The TRS chose March 6 for resignations en masse as the party wanted to utilise the budget sessions of Parliament and Assembly to focus the seriousness of the action. Thereby, the party also wanted to give a 50-day leeway to the UPA Government to take steps, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao told a news conference here.
Mr. Rao said the TRS decided on resignations as a matter of warning to the Government that it would be forcing elections on people which could spell doom to the ruling Congress. Moreover, the move was aimed to mount pressure on the Government to concede the demand during the budget session which was the last opportunity available for it in the current term of Parliament.
Beyond the session, the issue could not be settled due to constraints of time.
He added that the composition of the present Parliament was ideally suited for creation of separate Telangana as over two-thirds of parties supported the demand in writing.