Leaders vow to keep AP united at any cost
Sikkolu Simha Garjana Maha Sabha draws thousands from across State Srikakulam: Thousands of people from across the state gathered at NTR...
Sikkolu Simha Garjana Maha Sabha draws thousands from across State Srikakulam: Thousands of people from across the state gathered at NTR Municipal High School Grounds here on Sunday at a public meeting 'Sikkolu Simha Garjana Maha Sabha' organised by the United Andhra Forum, and vowed to fight to keep the State united at any cost. Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, Ministers Shailaja Nath, Kondru Mural Mohan, several former ministers and other leaders attended the meeting and raised their voice in support of the united state. The songs sung on united Andhra Pradesh by Vangapandu Prasad and Devisri and a tribal dance show by the students of BR Ambedkar University were some special attractions at the meeting. Speaking at the meeting, a strong votary of United Andhra Pradesh, Lagadapati Rajagopal said the Telangana State never existed in the history and it was just a myth being propagated by some vested interests. He said if the historical roots of Telangana were proved, he would bow before the Telangana people and work for the realization of Telangana state. He said people from all districts were at the public meeting for the cause of a united State. But the integrationists in Telangana districts were afraid of expressing their views publicly. "Indira Gandhi refused to buckle in to the demands of separate Telangana and separate Andhra agitations as she did not want to disturb linguistic states. NTR worked for the unity of the state. YS Rajasekhar Reddy stood for united state. But it is unfortunate that Chandrababu Naidu and Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy are supporting the separate Telangana demands," he lamented. If any party fought in the ensuing elections on united Andhra Pradesh plant, it would win 270 seats, Rajagopal opined. Minister for School Education Shailaja Nath said the TRS did not have even district committees and it was only a party of KCR family. KCR had incited Telangana sentiment only because Chandrababu Naidu did not give him Ministership. He said the slogan of United Andhra Pradesh State should reverberate in the streets of Delhi. Minister for Medical Education, Kondru Murali Mohan, said that while the world was becoming a global village due to revolution in communication technology, the demand for a small state was unfortunate. He said that after the Srikrishna Committee report, the Telangana agitators were not referring to the backwardness but demanding separate state based on sentiment.