Telangana a matter of time? Sources: Hyd to be joint capital

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New Delhi, July 27: Has the Congress top leadership agreed to formation of the Telangana state? According to sources, it was just a matter of time before the formal announcement is made.

It was also learnt that post bifurcation, both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will have 21 Lok Sabha seats each (unified Andhra has 42 seats) while Hyderabad will continue to be the shared capital of both states for a period of five years.

The Congress put the contentious Telangana issue on the fast track with all sources indicating that the top leadership prefers to create a separate state. The final decision is eagerly awaited.

Not all in the Congress are convinced though. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and party leadersfrom coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema are against the division of the state.

Digvijay Singh, the Congress general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh, said after a meeting of the party's core group on Friday that the consultation was over and it was time for the decision to be made.

The final decision will be taken by the Congress Working Committee, the party's highest decision-making body. Though the date of the crucial meeting is yet to be finalised, it is most likely to be held before the monsoon session of the parliament, which is set to begin on August 5.

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