Has UPA discussed Telangana issue at its meeting last night?
According to sources, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar raised the issue at the coordination committee meeting but it is not clear how UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had reacted and whether she showed any willingness to make an announcement. Before the commencement of the UPA coordination committee meeting, T Congress MPs led by Gutha Sukhender Reddy called on him and persuaded him to raise the issue. Responding positively, Pawar had told them that he would surely argue in favour of creation of Telangana state to help the Congress remain strong in AP. He felt that if the Congress delayed a decision on T issue and makes any announcement in 2013, just one year ahead of general elections, there might not be much use and the people might dump the Congress both in Telangana and Andhra as people would think the announcement is on account of polls.