The Congress high command is likely to take a decision on a separate Telangana state by the end of the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament.
Congress MP Siricilla Rajaiah said party leader and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has assured the MPs from Telangana region during their meeting on Wednesday that the party high command will take a decision on the issue by the end of the Monsoon Session.

"Madam (Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi) assured us that the Telangana issue would be resolved at the earliest. But MPs from Seemandhra are spreading false propaganda that she has reprimanded us," Rajaiah told reporters.

The year 2011 saw widespread protests for a separate Telangana state that put pressure on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre to expedite the bifurcation of the state, carving out the Telangana region with AP's current capital Hyderabad as its main city.

The Telangana region, which merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956 against the wishes of many locals, comprises of 10 districts - Adilabad, Hyderabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.

As the movement to divide the state gained momentum, politicians from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions want the state of 85 million people to remain unified, and especially oppose tearing out the IT-hub city Hyderabad that would affect the state's economy.

(Posted on 10 August 2012, 1675569342 3O236O47O240)