New Delhi, Jan 12 (Agencies): A group of Congress MPs from Telangana on Wednesday met the top central party leadership and made it clear that there was no alternative to a  separate state.

14 MPs including 11 from Lok Sabha told Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and Law Minister Veerappa Moily that demand for state of Telengana was genuine and old and should be accepted by the party leadership.

In a brief memorandum to Mukherjee, the MPs said, "with all humility at our command, we assert in one voice that there is no alternative to separate Telengana. We have made it
abundantly clear in our last meeting while pledging our loyalty to the party. This is the inalienable demand of the people of Telengana and we resolve to stand by people to uphold Congress banner."

Emerging out of the meeting, Rajya Sabha member and senior Party leader from Telengana K Keshava Rao said, "we are absolutely hopeful. There is not even an iota of doubt."

He was asked if the party MPs were hopeful that their demand for separate state would be accepted by Congress.

Another party MP P Hanumanta Rao said, "We want separate Telengana. It is a people's movement."

There was slogan-shouting by a group of students from Telengana outside the meeting venue in support of their demand. They also prostrated at the feet of the MPs requesting them to get their demand fulfilled.

The meeting comes a day after the former party MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy organised a one-day fast here, which was attended by two dozen Congress MLAs of which some also belonged to Telangana region.

Sources said that the earlier plan was to meet each of the MPs individually but they insisted on meeting together.

Congress high command appears to have adopted a wait-and-watch approach on the challenge thrown up by the Srikrishna Committee on Telangana, which has given various options including keeping the state united as well as formation of a separate Telangana.

The party is banking heavily on newly installed Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to tackle the situation giving more than hints that it was an "acid test" and if he could prove his leadership, it would be better for him and the party.