Taking a step forward on Telangana, the UPA government has called a meeting of its Coordination Committee for July 31 — the day panchayat polls end in Andhra Pradesh — to take a view on the division of the southern State.

The outcome of the meeting will determine the date of the Congress Working Committee meeting.

The announcement on the timing of the meeting of UPA allies came even as BJP president Rajnath Singh reiterated his party’s support for the creation of Telangana. “We support Telangana cause. The BJP is committed to forming the State,” Mr. Singh told journalists here on Sunday, stressing, “the government should grant it immediately.” Telangana will become a reality if the BJP comes to power at the Centre after the general elections.

Indeed, the BJP’s unswerving support for Telangana has been a major push factor for the Congress, helping it to take the final step towards dividing Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, even as senior Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh have gradually begun to accept that the Centre is heading towards dividing the State, many of them have warned the party’s central leadership of the many problems that could follow it.

Six anti-Telangana MPs, including Union Ministers M.M. Pallam Raju, K.S. Rao, Chiranjeevi and D. Purandeswari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and K. Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday to make yet another attempt to keep Andhra Pradesh united. This meeting came in the wake of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy having told the party’s brass that if the government takes the plunge on the creation of Telangana, he will make it clear that he is not party to the decision.

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