The Group of Ministers, set up to look into the issue, has held a series of meetings with different stake holders, including eight political parties in the last seven days.

The Bill for creation of the Telangana State will be tabled in the winter session of Parliament, beginning on December 5, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told journalists here on Thursday.

This statement comes four days after Mr. Shinde, at his monthly press conference, remained non-committal about bringing in the Bill in the coming session.

It is learnt the Congress high command has now asked the Shinde-headed Group of Ministers on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to expedite the consultation process so that the Bill could be tabled in the session.

Government sources said that following a stern message from the Congress leadership, Mr. Shinde asked Home Ministry officials to start preparing the note on the bifurcation, after compiling data gathered from the Union Ministries concerned so that it could be placed before the Cabinet by month-end.

The GoM, which is hearing the views of eight political parties, will meet Union Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, particularly from Seemandhra, who are against division of the southern State, on November 18. The next day, it will meet Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is also strongly opposed to the division.