Telangana Congress ministers said that they were ready to make any sacrifice for a separate state but stopped short of announcing their resignations.
After a meeting in Hyderabad on Monday, the ministers said they would exercise patience at a time when the Congress leadership was in the final stage of taking a decision to carve out a Telangana state.
K. Jana Reddy, a senior minister, told reporters that they were still hopeful of a positive decision by the central government.
He said while they were disappointed that the government did not announce the decision before the Jan 28 deadline, they had not lost hopes.
He claimed that all ministers and legislators were making efforts to ensure the formation of Telangana state, adding that their patience should not be misunderstood.