Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has said that the announcement of All India Congress Committee general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad seeking more time to take a decision on Telangana was on expected lines.

That was why he had stated that the meeting presided by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on December 28 was useless.

He asked Congress leaders to come out of the “venomous embrace” of the party and join the movement for separate Telangana if they were worth the salt.

Otherwise, they will be part of history.

The Telangana leaders of Telugu Desam also said they never expected the government to make an announcement by January 28 and added that the Congress deliberately dragged the issue to gain political mileage.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana said he suspected that the Congress leadership was trying to dodge the issue yet again.

Delaying a solution to Telangana further would adversely impact the State’s politics as well as the Telugu speaking people, he added. Senior BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya said the Centre appeared to be bowing to pressures and throwing its weight behind Seemandhra leaders.