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Oct 18, 2012 at 11:44am IST

Telangana: Shinde to meet President Pranab, sources say decision expected soon

Hyderabad: Under fire on the corruption front, the government seems to be fast-tracking a decision on the contentious Telangana issue. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the issue. The meeting comes on the heels of Congress war room meeting which Shinde attended on Thursday night.

Congress sources have told CNN-IBN that a decision on the separate statehood question could be made soon. Sources added that the Congress has been advised against saying yes to Telangana as many fear that the decision could hurt the party politically in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday. Sonia had discussed the Telangana issue with President Pranab Mukherjee last week.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also visited Hyderabad on Tuesday. Many pro-Telangana activists, including MLAs from the region, were also taken into preventive custody as they tried to hold protests against the Prime Minister's visit.