With Centre agreeing to the creation of a separate Telengana state, its hands are full with demands of at least nine other new states, including Mithilanchal in Bihar, Coorg in Karnataka and Saurashtra in Gujarat.
Home Ministry officials said the demands were mostly received from political parties and organisations like Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and some individuals.
After conceding the demand of one of the most vocal organisations - Telengana Rashtra Samiti - for creation of Telengana state, comprising Telengana region in Andhra Pradesh, the Centre may encounter fresh demands of GJM, which has been putting pressure to carve out Gorkhaland state out of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas in West Bengal.
The demand for creation of Bundelkhand state, comprising districts like Banda, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Sagar of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been pending for long with the ministry, an official said.
Though no state government has given any recommendation, which is mandatory for carving out a new state, the demands continue to pour in.
A demand for creation of Bhojpur state comprising areas of Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has also been received by the Ministry.
Another demand for creation of a new state comprising Saurastha region of Gujarat, one of the most prosperous states in the country, has also been pending with the Ministry for several years now.