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New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): With Congress lawmakers stepping up pressure on the Centre by tendering their resignations over the formation of a separate state of Telangana, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram appealing them be patient over the issue, on Monday said a final decision on the issue of separate statehood has not been taken yet.

Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said: “The Central Government’s view will be made known after the consultation process is over. We have to bring everyone on board. There is a strong view of large number of people. We are yet to take a final decision.”

“This is an extremely sensitive and complex issue. One should have understanding and patience. Especially, the media should have understanding and patience,” he added.

Stating that the party would persuade the MLAs to be patient on the Telangana issue, Chidambaram said: “The MPs and MLAs had forewarned us on the issue that they would be obliged to offer their resignation on July 4. It is not that alarming. The Congress general secretary in-charge is talking to the MPs. He is in touch with the MLAs.”

Ten Lok Sabha MPs and one Rajya Sabha MP – all from Telangana – have submitted their letters of resignation in Delhi.

The political crisis swelled in the Andhra Pradesh government as well, with 11 out of 15 ministers quitting on the same grounds.

Moreover, the Telangana Joint Action Committee has called a 48-hour shutdown in the Hyderabad region starting tomorrow

The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum last year after the Congress-led UPA Government accepted the demand in principle.

Several protests and shutdowns had brought Andhra Pradesh to a near halt in 2009 and 2010, as pro-Telangana activists persisted with their demand. (ANI)