Azad submits report to Sonia on Telengana

New Delhi: The Congress Core Committe met here today to deliberate on the ticklish Telangana issue on which party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad submitted a report amid indications that a decision on it will take some more time.

Amid mounting pressure from pro-Telangana groups whose agitation for a separate state continued for the 18th day today, Congress top brass, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi, met here.

This was the first core group meeting attended by Gandhi after her return earlier this month from the US where she under went a surgery for an unspecified ailment.

Party sources said that a decision will take some more time as more consultations are necessary on the issue.

The meeting took place within hours of AICC General Secretary Azad presenting a report to Gandhi on the Telangana issue prepared after consultations with party MLAs and MPs from Andhra Pradesh.

Azad was among the special invitees at the Core Group meeting which has Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony and Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Gandhi, as members.

Earlier, Chidambaram said that more time was needed. "Azad has told MLAs and MPs that allow a little time for the party to take a decision and the government to take a decision," Home Minister said.

Congress is caught in a tricky situation in Andhra Pradesh with the Telangana region observing an indefinite bandh over the issue of separate statehood, a demand being opposed by Coastal Andhra and Rayal seema regions of the state.

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