However, the party apparently managed to dissuade four Union Ministers from resigning. HRD Minister Pallam Raju was one of them who offered to quit but was asked to stay on. Protests continue unabated over state division (Agencies)
Upset over the party's decision taken on Tuesday, seven Congress MPs and four union ministers from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions held marathon meeting late on Thursday night to evolve strategy against formation of Telangana decision.
The seven MPs - six Lok Sabha members and a Rajya Sabha member - then went to Parliament on Friday morning and submitted their resignations.
The Lok Sabha members who put in their papers were A Sai Prathap (Rajampet constituency), Anantha Venkatarami Reddy (Anantapur) CV Harsha Kumar (Amalapuram-SC), Vundavalli Arun Kumar (Rajahmundry), Lagadapati Rajagopal (Vijayawada) and SPY Reddy (Nandyal). They submitted their resignations to Lok
Sabha Secretary General K Vishwanathan.
The MPs said that three more Lok Sabha members from the state - Sabbam Hari (Anakapalli), Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy (Ongole) and Rayapati Sambasiva Rao (Guntur) - had also faxed their resignations. Congress has 31 members in the House from Andhra Pradesh.
Rajya Sabha member KVP Ramachandra Rao tendered his resignation to Rajya Sabha Secretary General Shamsher K Sheriff. Congress has 13 members in the Upper House.
The coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions continued to simmer on Friday with protests continuing unabated over the Congress' decision to divide Andhra Pradesh.
Rallies, human chains, sit-ins and other forms of protest were a common sight in towns across the two regions though the situation remained by and large peaceful, except a few incidents of intervention by security forces.
Reports of public transport and private vehicles being set ablaze and damage to property and desecration of statues of some national leaders came in from districts like Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Guntur among others.
State-run Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses were prevented from plying and the protesters organized road blockades at several places.
Educational institutions and commercial establishments remained closed at several places as the pro-united Andhra supporters observed a shut down.
A report from Vijayawada said united Andhra supporters, who have been agitating on the issue for the past few days, would form human chains at Ramavarappadu Ring. The Electricity Department employees were also preparing to lead a rally in the city.
In Krishna district, educational institutions were closed at Machilipatnam, Jaggaihpet and Nuziveed and also in many other small towns. The APSRTC employees there also decided to join the agitation.
A report from Kadapa said some Congress and TDP leaders were organizing a rally in Jammulamadugu division against the division of the state.
In Anantapur district, the agitating students demanded ministers to resign from their posts and join the protest. Doctors and nurses organized a peaceful rally in support of united state. Some youths set tyres on fire on roads in Old Town area of Anantapur as a mark of protest.
All government-run and private buses kept away from the roads on Friday while petrol pumps were also found closed after serving a few hours last night.
Advocates boycotted duties on Friday and resolved to continue the protest. Police were patrolling in the city to maintain law and order.
However, the party apparently managed to dissuade four Union Ministers from resigning. HRD Minister Pallam Raju was one of them who offered to quit but was asked to stay on.
Protests continue unabated over state division