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Telangana issue: Cong remains undecided

The vexatious Telangana statehood issue is hanging like a Damocles' sword on the Congress' head. It's still unable to take a call on whether or not to grant statehood to the region though it's off and on releasing signals that something is going to happen.

Soon after the by-elections in March to seven Assembly seats (including six in Telangana), everyone thought the 'decisive moment' has arrived but six months down the line the Congress is still keeping everyone guessing.

Now, there is again talk – and anticipation – that the 'decisive moment' is round the corner and that the Telangana 'dream' will soon become a reality.

However, given the turmoil that the UPA government is facing following the Trinamool Congress' decision to quit the coalition, it is not clear whether the Congress will take any step forward towards Telangana.

Quite unusually, Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has been camping in Delhi for the past fortnight, reportedly lobbying with the Congress top leadership to make an announcement.

The TRS has given enough indications that it was ready to merge with the Congress if the 'T' state is created, as promised by the Centre on 9 Dec, 2009.

KCR, the self-styled torch-bearer of Telangana movement, is under pressure from the pro-statehood groups – notably the Joint Action Committee – and the planned Telangana March in Hyderabad on September 30 has only put him in further fix. KCR held confabulations with Union Minister Vayalar Ravi twice in the last week and reportedly urged the latter prevail upon Sonia Gandhi to come out with an announcement on Telangana.
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