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Jan 27, 2013 at 09:57am IST

Decision on Telangana likely to be delayed, TRS warns of protests

Hyderabad: In another twist to the Telangana tangle, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress incharge of Andhra Pradesh's political affairs, hinted on Wednesday night of a delay in deciding on the issue of separate statehood. Congress leaders from the region, who were hopeful of a quick decision, are now finding it hard to save face.

"It is mentally draining. We are not able to visit our constituencies. This delay is disappointing," said Madhu Yashki Goud, a Congress MP.

Meanwhile pro-Telangana parties like the Telangana Rashtra Samithi have once again threatened to agitate, accusing the Congress of succumbing to vested political interests. "We never believed they would honour their deadline. The government is only humiliating itself. We will intensify the agitation if this is how it continues," TRS MLA KT Rama Rao said.

The last few days, in fact, have seen leaders from both Telangana and the Andhra regions flocking to Delhi, in the hope of pressing their respective cases of pro and anti-Telangana stands before the 28th January deadline, that had earlier been set by the government.

Political observers say, it's a last ditch effort at political posturing.

With the Congress once again looking indecisive on the Telangana issue, the long-drawn suspense of 'will be or will not be' continues. And with Congress sources hinting that a decision could possibly come only after the upcoming Budget session, for the citizens of Andhra Pradesh, there seems to be no immediate relief from the looming uncertainty.