Will the Centre agree to create a separate state of Telangana or not? This is the question on top of every one’s mind as the January 28 deadline set by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde approaches.

Indications available here suggest that it would not be a clear yes or no. According to political leaders and officers in the know of things, the Centre is likely to unveil a road map for considering the demand.

Some of the key elements in the contemplated road map include an official committee to suggest measures for earmarking revenue divisions, water sharing and the demand for making Hyderabad the common capital of both Seemandhra and Telangana for some time.

Congress secretary and person in charge of party affairs of Goa P. Sudhakar Reddy, who is from Telangana, was confident that it was a matter of time before the formation of the new state, with Hyderabad being its integral part.

Though Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and seniors in the government and the Congress are deeply involved in the discussion on Telangana, they do not want to disturb the current peaceful atmosphere prevailing in Andhra Pradesh by announcing anything concrete like the government did in 2009.