New Delhi: Ratcheting up pressure on the Centre, nine Congress MPs from Telangana region will tender their resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari in protest against the delay in the formation of a separate state.

The MPs, including senior Congress leader K Keshav Rao, will be putting in their papers on Monday in line with a decision taken by at a meeting of party lawmakers from the region in Hyderabad on Saturday.

 "Due to delay in the process of formation of a Telangana state, the people of the region are in a state of deep anguish," the MPs said in a statement here on Sunday.

They said despite the Centre's statement on December 9, 2009 that steps would be initiated to form a separate Telangana state, the process was stalled by lawmakers from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions in the state.

"In the last Budget session of Parliament, we have expressed our strong resentment in several ways to abide by the decision made on 9th December 2009," they said.

Noting that they have been waiting for nearly two years now, the MPs said as there was no serious consideration from the core committee till on Saturday, it is "inevitable for us to go by the people's decision."

"The people of Telangana strongly believe that the resignations, is the only way for achieving the dream of a separate state," the MPs said in the statement.

"Therefore, to make an impact over the high Command and to achieve the goal of statehood, we are submitting our resignations to the Hon'ble Chairman of Rajya Sabha and Speaker of Lok Sabha on Monday," they said.

Others who will resign along with Rao are Ponnam Prabhakar, G Sukhender Reddy, Dr M Jagannadham, S Rajaiah, Dr G Vivekanand, P Balram Naik, Madhu Yaskhi Goud and K Rajgopal Reddy.

The MPs have already met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram and had threatened to resign if the Centre did not take a decision on the contentious statehood demand at the earliest.