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Centre likely to delay decision on Telangana state

January 23, 2013
New Delhi

The Congress has backtracked on the deadline they gave to resolve the Telangana issue yet again. Union Minister and Congress in-charge for the state Ghulam Nabi Azad said that there will be no immediate decision on the formation of Telangana state and that the Centre would require more time to resolve the issue.

The statement has dented the hopes of the Telangana protagonists who are hoping for a statement announcing the formation by the deadline of January 28. It is known that Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has announced that the Centre would resolve the Telangana issue within a month at the all party meeting held in New Delhi last month.

The Congress central leadership has met at 10 Janpath Wednesday evening. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Congress emissary for the State Vayalar Ravi, Sonia's political secretary Ahmed Patel met Sonia Gandhi and discussed the Telangana issue for about 40 minutes.

Ghulam Nabi Azad who attended the function in which Rahul Gandhi took charge as the Vice-President of the party has spoke to media briefly after the function. He said that a deadline could not be set on a sensitive issue like the Telangana. He added that the Centre would take 10 or 20 more days to arrive at a decision and that the deadline of one month should not be taken literally. Ahmed Patel said that more meetings on the issue is necessary. Sources say that the intense lobbying has scared the Congress high command in allowing the Telangana state formation.

Telangana parties including TRS, TJAC, BJP have lashed out against the Congress and termed the announcement as a betrayal to the people of the Telangana region.

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