For the second consecutive day on Thursday, the demand for Telangana was taken up by Congress president Sonia Gandhi with her senior party leaders and Ministers and informed sources said the options of a possible decision had narrowed down significantly.

Considering the survival of the UPA-II government at the Centre and the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh, the party wants to proceed carefully, weighing the various pros and cons if the separate State demand was accepted fully, partially fulfilled or rejected outright.

Since this is the first major demand from the non-Hindi speaking State for a new State, the possible repercussions in other non-Hindi speaking States if the demand for Telangana was accepted are being deliberated seriously, it is said.

The discussion is likely to continue in the Congress core group too, which is to meet on Friday.

Among others, party seniors and Ministers such as Sushil Kumar Shinde, A.K. Antony, Digvijay Singh, P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Vayalar Ravi and Ahmed Patel attended the meeting which lasted for about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, TRS MLA and K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s son, K.T. Rama Rao, made it clear that nothing short of separate Telangana was acceptable to the party and it would re-start the agitation if the demand was not accepted.

The options of a possible decision narrow down significantly