Expresses the hope that Centre will not concede the demand for ‘T’

As the one-month deadline for a decision by the Centre on Telangana gets closer, senior Congress leader and Samaikyandhra protagonist Gade Venkat Reddy on Saturday exhorted the youth of Seemandhra to give a push to the movement for united Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a meeting of students from different city colleges, he said: ''There can be no compromise on Samaikyandhra. Students should be in forefront of the Samaikyandhra movement. We will fully back your efforts to keep the State united forever.'' ''Keeping in view the demand for creation of 14 to 15 new States in the country, the Centre should turn down the demand for Telangana in the larger national interest'', argued Mr Venkat Reddy, who represented the Congress party at the December 28 all-party meeting in New Delhi.

During his meeting with United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the past, he had impressed upon her to take a cue from former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi who had wanted the State to remain united in the larger interests of the State and the nation. ''I am sure that the Centre will not concede Telangana,'' he said, amid loud cheers by students.

Recalling the circumstances leading to formation of Andhra Pradesh, he said Andhra Pradesh was formed as a majority of people from Telangana favoured it.