Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: If Yanam near Kakinada be part of Pondicherry, while it is within Andhra Pradesh geographically, why cannot Andhra Pradesh remain united questioned Jogu Venkateswarlu, a teacher in a private school from Mamidalapalli in Karimnagar district.

Addressing a large gathering of students on the Acharya Nagarjuna University on Thursday, he said he had set out on December 9 from his house on a mission to keep the State united and had visited Kadapa, Tirupati, Ongole, Visakhapatnam and was now in Guntur to spread the message about unified Andhra Pradesh.

“I have participated in all the major programmes got up for the United Andhra Pradesh and if Yanam seats are also added to Andhra Pradesh Assembly it would go up by another four,” he opined. Kakatiya kings, who have a 1,000-year history, had worked for keeping a united Telugu-speaking people in a single kingdom by crossing Godavari, Krishna and Tungabhadra, but unfortunately the people of Telangana were falling prey to partisan/divisive politics of Tamil Nadu-based leaders.

Ten crore people of Andhra Pradesh should remain united, he opined and he received support from the Political JAC and Student JAC leaders from the campus.