Union Ministers, ruling Congress MPs and other leaders from the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions are set to meet here on Saturday to discuss the future course of action over the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh.
Under pressure from several quarters, UPA government is likely to convert Hyderabad into a Union Territory for five years and declare it as the joint capital of two states after Telangana becomes a separate state.
With the Congress party hinting at an early decision on the Telangana issue, protests began in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions of Andhra Pradesh, also called Seemandhra, opposing any move to divide the state.
The ongoing power crisis, a no-confidence motion and the separate Telangana issue are expected to rattle the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh during the Budget session of the Legislative Assembly beginning on Wednesday.
Congress should give up the "general practice" of not projecting a leader ahead of the assembly elections, a senior leader said on Sunday striking a different note in the run-up to a series of electoral battles.
Criticising Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for his comment that a decision on Telangana statehood would be taken only after arriving at a "consensus", BJP on Saturday said Congress should clarify its stand on the issue.