Shinde might speak on the issue before he leaves for Dhaka

With the Centre’s deadline on the issue of Telangana approaching, Congress top brass, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi, held one more round of talks on the issue on Saturday evening.

The meeting of the Congress Core Group deliberated exclusively on the statehood issue at a time when Andhra Pradesh is divided on regional lines on it. The talk is that another round of consultations could take place before Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s departure for Dhaka on Monday, January 28. A section in Congress feels Mr. Shinde could speak on the issue before his Dhaka visit. The party high command has been grappling with the issue as there has been no unanimity among the top leaders.

Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is AICC general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh, was specially invited to the meeting. -PTI

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