New Delhi: Striking a defiant note, eight Congress MPs from Telangana region, who were suspended for four days last week, on Monday boycotted Parliament to protest against "suppressing" their voice for a separate state.
The MPs will also take a call on whether to attend rest of the Budget Session from Wednesday in an apparent bid to exert pressure on the Centre and the Congress to take a decision on the separate statehood demand.
The MPs -- Madhu Goud Yaskhi, G Vivekanand, Ponnam Prabhakar, Sukender Reddy, M Jagganath, K R G Reddy, Balram Naik and S Rajaiah -- were suspended from Parliament for four days last Tuesday after they disrupted proceedings.
"We, all the 8 MPs, decided on Sunday not to attend Parliament on Monday in protest against suppressing our voices. Our demand is a genuine one and we protested in a democratic manner. But our voices have been suppressed," Nizamabad MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi said.
He said the decision was taken in Hyderabad last night at a meeting of the suspended MPs. Yaskhi also said no decision has been taken whether to attend the Session from Wednesday.
"We will meet again on Wednesday and decide out future course of action. We will also see what the Government has to tell us on the Telangana demand," he said.