Now that the UPA government has resolved to create a Telangana state, the first step will be to get the decision endorsed by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), something that should happen before month-end, party sources say.

At last week’s Congress Core Group meeting, it was decided to have a few more meetings before calling the CWC. At that meeting, one of the participants said Telangana had “the upper hand.”

If the CWC endorses the decision, it will next go to the Cabinet and from there to the President, who will send it to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. However, government sources stressed that the approval of the Assembly was not mandatory; it was only to elicit the “views” of the MLAs.

Indeed, if a reply is not received within a prescribed time, it can go to Parliament. Only after that is done, will the various ministries work on the details of separation, such as cadre allocation.

Finally, the pro-T lobby in the Congress was also able to address the concerns of those who had objected to the creation of a separate State by saying it would give Maoist activity a boost by pointing out that of the eight districts in the State deemed affected by left-wing extremism by the Union Home Ministry, four — Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal — are in Telangana, while the other four — East Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram — are in the other region.