Sonia to take a final call on Telangana

New Delhi, September 30: The Congress finally woke up to the Telangana crisis as the agitation in the region entered the 18th day.

A day after veteran leader Pranab Mukherjee held discussions with Telangana Congress MPs over the issue, Andhra Pradesh in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad is set to submit a report on the crisis to party president Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

Azad will submit an internal party report over the Telangana crisis to the Congress president, following which Sonia is likely to take a final call on the issue.

The Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) earlier demanded a stand on the issue by the Congress. The party leadership has so far been mum on the agitation.

The JAC has called for a shut down in Hyderabad on Friday as part of its protest programmes to mount pressure on the Centre to accept the separate statehood demand.

Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrashekhar Rao is slated to arrive in New Delhi on Friday. Rao will seek an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil over the weekend.