But a day after Azad indicated that the decision could be delayed, Congress leaders from the region stepped up pressure on the Centre to make an announcement by January 28, the deadline set by Shinde to resolve the issue.
"We won't be able to move in our constituencies if there is no announcement by January 28," Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar told HT.
MPs from Telangana did not rule out the possibility of disrupting the coming budget session. Anti-Telangana groups also cried louder, saying it would spell doom for Andhra Pradesh.
IT minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah sounded hopeful of a positive decision by Monday.