The members of the Lok Sabha of the Opposition YSR Congress Party have decided to quit in protest against the attitude of the NDA government in not granting the promised special category status (SCS) to the state. After a meeting of the YSR Congress parliamentary party here on Monday, in which party president Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy also participated, party M.P, M. Rajamohan Reddy, made the announcement.

Rajamohan Reddy said earlier it had been decided that the party MPs would quit on April 5 or April 6 after the House had been adjourned sine die. "But there is a distinct possibility that the House may be adjourned sine die even before the end of the month. We will quit after that and our party president, Jagan Mohan Reddy, has given us clear instructions to that effect," he told the media.

He said the YSR Congress Party was also appealing to the Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party President N. Chandrababu Naidu to follow suit and withdraw his MPs from the House. "We feel such collective resignation would have a much greater impact in exerting pressure on the Centre and it would go a long way in protecting the interests of the State," he added.

No nexus with the BJP: Rajamohan Reddy said his party had no nexus with the BJP, overtly or covertly, and the party would go it alone in the next Assembly and general elections due in 2019. "However, if the Left parties or other parties decide to join us, we may consider it at the appropriate time," he said.