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Seemandhra to urge Centre for unified state

Posted on Jan 17, 09:34PM | UNI

The ruling Congress leaders from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions in its meeting today resolved to urged the Centre to keep Andhra Pradesh united.

Andhra Pradesh Minister for School Education and convenor of Samaikya Andhra Forum (SAF) S Sailajanath after the meeting, said the state's divsion is unacceptable.

"In the interest of the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country and in the interest of Telugu people, the meeting endorsed the statement made by Srimati Indira Gandhi on November 27, 1972 in Lok Sabha," Sailajanath, the cabinet minister said.

"I stand firmly for the integrated state of Andhra Pradesh after considering all pros and cons of two agitations," Gandhi had said then.

The resolution will be sent to the central government and to the central leadership of the party, the Minister said the leaders also plan to visit Delhi on Jan 21.

The Congress and the people of the state can benefit only if the state remains united, he said.

As many 68 leaders from the two regions, including 14 ministers and two MPs, attended the meeting, he claimed and said that other ministers and MPs could not make it due to various reasons but conveyed that they support whatever decision taken by the meeting.

Amidst tight security and protests from pro-telangana groups, the Seemandhra meeting was held at Ministers' Quarters at the post locality of Banjara hills in the city.

Two ministers T G Venkatesh and E Pratap Reddy, who met some Congress leaders in Delhi yesterday, reportedly told the meeting that the centre had decided to carve out Telangana state.

After an all-party meeting on Telangana on Dec 28, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had said that a decision would be taken within a month.