Hyderabad: Congress leaders from Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Monday claimed that they have received "signals" from the Centre on creation of a separate state.
Two ministers and an MP came out with the claim on Monday even as the deadline set by Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde for a decision on the statehood demand is just a fortnight away.
"We have indications from the Centre that AP is going to be bifurcated. Going by what the Centre is thinking, Hyderabad could be the common capital of the two (new) states for some 10 years," State Labour Minister Danam Nagender Danam told reporters after greeting veteran Congress leader M Satyanarayana Rao on his 80th birthday here.
Echoing his colleague's statement, Civil Supplies Minister D Sridhar Babu said that "The dreams of Telangana people will come true very soon. We have clear signals from the Centre on the formation of a new state,".
When asked about the status of the state capital, he said, "Hyderabad is very much a part of Telangana and it will be on the region's map,".
Incidentally, Danam was not known to be an overt supporter of Telangana demand and had previously favoured Union Territory status for Hyderabad in the event of division of Andhra Pradesh.
But, today, he ruled out the possibility of Hyderabad being made a Union Territory.
"It's too early. If we make more claims, we will only be confusing the Centre. Let them come out with a decision," Danam added.
Separately, Rajya Sabha member Palvai Govardhan Reddy too hinted that Telangana state would be formed soon.
"The Centre is seriously considering the issue. The Congress party is going to deliberate on this on 18th Jan," Palvai, who claims to be in constant touch with top leaders of AICC, said.
He also claimed that the Telangana Rashtra Samiti was ready to merge with Congress once Telangana state was created.