The Centre on Thursday ruled out introducing the bill for creation of Telangana in the coming monsoon session of Parliament but said the new state will come into existence in six months.
"No, not in this session. I do not think it will come so soon. May be, by next session," he said at a press conference here while replying to a question on the possibility of government bringing the Telangana bill in the coming session of Parliament beginning Monday.
Earlier in the day, BJP demanded that the bill be placed in the monsoon session.
The Home Minister said creating a new state normally takes a period of eight to nine months but the central government would try its best to do it as early as possible.
"Usually, it takes eight to nine months. But, we will try to do at the earliest -- may be five and half months to six months. May be earlier than that," he said replying to a question on when Telangana will come into existence.
Asked whether the central government was bypassing the normal practice of the state assembly adopting a resolution for creating a separate state, Shinde said Andhra Pradesh Assembly had discussed the issue of a separate Telangana in the past.
"Not at all (we are not bypassing). Already, the issue was discussed in Andhra Pradesh Assembly. Now, if the proposal comes from the state, it would be good. But if it does not come, other ways are open. We will discuss and move forward according to the Constitution," he said.