Sonia holds talks in party, decision on Telangana soon
Sonia held close-door consultations in the evening with senior leaders including Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, her political secretary Ahmed Patel, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Overseas Affairs Minister Vyalar Ravi. However, sources said a second round has been scheduled for Thursday after Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who is abroad, returns. The talks will also include PM Manmohan Singh and the party vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Shinde had said last month that the Centre will take a decision within 30 days. The deadline is January 28, incidentally the same day when Shinde has planned a visit to Dhaka. Though sources said the government may take a little more time in shedding light on the issue as it will be preoccupied with functions relating to Republic Day in the week ahead. This was indicated as much by Azad when he suggested that there may be some delay in Congress articulating its stand on the issue.
The Congress is faced with a grave political challenge in Andhra Pradesh for the 2014 elections, where it could find it almost impossible to repeat the 2009 performance of winning 33 out of 42 seats if it rejects the Telangana demand. Agreeing to the demand, on the other hand,
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