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Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 26, 2014
The crucial role that Union minister Jairam Ramesh played in the drafting of the Telangana bill was such that soon after Parliament passed it, the Telangana Congress MPs lifted him up on their shoulders in joy.
However, the rural development minister, who now represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, would represent Seemandhra, which protested against the bifurcation.

Andhra Pradesh has 18 seats in the upper house of which 11 will go to Seemandhra and seven to Telangana.

According to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014, which details the redistribution of the Rajya Sabha MPs besides the assets and liabilities of the State, of the six sitting Rajya Sabha members set to retire in June 2016, two would be allotted to Telangana and four to Seemandhra.

V Hanumantha Rao of the Congress and Gundu Sudharani of the TDP would occupy the two Telangana seats due to their domicile here.

Though representing Rajya Sabha for the second term from Andhra, Ramesh hails from the adjacent Karnataka. So, he would have to represent from among the four other seats belonging to Seemandhra.

"I had no clue earlier as which part I would represent in the Rajya Sabha," a bemused Ramesh tells HT.

For some united Andhra activists, even Ramesh was a hate-figure. Given the sensitivities, the minister who used to frequent the state, had not visited Andhra Pradesh in last eight months.

But from Wednesday, Ramesh is on a two day tour in the state visiting Tirupati and Hyderabad, part of Seemandhra and Telangana respectively. Ramesh is also credited for his efforts to assuage the Seemandhra anger to some extent.