The government's timeline for the creation of the new state involves an elaborate process, which has been allotted a 122 days, or at least four months:
- The decision to carve out Telangana will be referred to the Andhra Pradesh legislature for a resolution.
- The Union Home Ministry will then refer the proposal to the cabinet, which will appoint a group of ministers to address concerns of the three regions - Telangana, Seemandhra and Rayalaseema - on sharing water, land, electricity and revenue.
- The ministerial panel will then ask the Law Ministry to draft legislation, which will be sent to the Andhra Pradesh assembly and the Home Ministry for comments.
- The Bill cleared by the Cabinet will go to the President, who will forward it to Parliament.
- Both Houses of Parliament will have to then pass legislation by simple majority for the creation of a separate state. After the President's assent to the Bill, Telangana will come into being.
The five-decade struggle for a Telangana state was forced onto the contemporary national agenda in 2009 by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi or TRS, headed by K Chandrasekhara Rao. He fasted for 10 days, triggering huge rallies of support.
In response, in December 2009, in a surprise announcement, the Centre said it was sanctioning statehood. But within days, the government backtracked as violent protests erupted in the other two regions-Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.