The list will be presented to Pranab Mukherjee, says Parthasarathy
The heavy pressure being put by Samaikyandhra activists on the local Congress leaders seems to have had its impact. After making a resolution that the State should not be divided at a meeting convened jointly by the District Congress and Vijayawada City Congress committees here last week, Secondary Education Minister Kolusu Parthasarathy along with party leaders on Wednesday announced that one crore signatures would be collected in support of the movement opposing the division of the State for the creation of Telangana.
The signatures would be presented to President Pranab Mukherjee asking him to use his good offices to see that the Telugu people were not divided, he said.
The Minister condemned the attacks on Ministers. He said both in the case of State Minister T.G.Venkatesh and Central Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao ‘rowdy elements’ took advantage of the situation, he said.
Mr. Parthasarathy said that the State Cabinet was going to meet on Friday and hoped that the issue of keeping the State together in the light of the unprecedented movement would come up for discussion at the meeting.
Youth Congress leader Parasa Rajiv Ratna would lead the team of party activists who would actually collect the signatures. The team called the Samaikyandhrula Kalayika would go from on institution to another to collect the signatures.
Former MLA Mudraboiyana Venkateswara Rao, DCC president Naraharisetti Narasimha Rao and city president Adapa Nagendram, SC cell chairperson Ummadi Dhanaraj and others were present.