Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao

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Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao
కల్వకుంట్ల చంద్రశేఖర్ రావు
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Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao
Chief Minister of Telangana
Assumed office
June 2, 2014
Preceded by Position Established
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Constituency Gajwel, Telangana
Member of Parliament
In office
Constituency Mahbubnagar, Andhra Pradesh
(now in Telangana)
Member of Parliament
In office
Constituency Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh
(now in Telangana)
Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
Constituency Siddipet, Andhra Pradesh
(now in Telangana)
Personal details
Born (1954-02-17) 17 February 1954 (age 60)
Chintamadaka, Hyderabad State, India
(now in Telangana, India)
Political party Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Children K. T. Rama Rao
K. Kavitha
Residence Hyderabad, India

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (Telugu: కల్వకుంట్ల చంద్రశేఖర్ రావు, born 17 February 1954), abbreviated KCR,[1][2] is the First Chief Minister of Telangana and the president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, a Regional Party in India.[3] He is a Member of the Legislative Assembly from the Gajwel constituency of Medak District Telangana. Previously, he served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly from Siddipet and also as the Member of Parliament from Mahbubnagar and Karimnagar.[4] He took oath as the first Chief Minister of the new state of Telangana on June 2, 2014.[5] He was the cabinet minister for Labour and Employment.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Rao was born on 17 February 1954 in Chintamadaka village, Siddipet Mandal, Medak District of Hyderabad State.[7] into a family hailing from Mohinikunta, a village in near Karimnagar Town located in the state of Telangana. His purported roots from Seemandhra region has often been cited by his political opponents. He attained a Masters degree in Telugu Literature from Osmania Arts College-Osmania University, Hyderabad.[8]

Political career[edit]

Congress Party[edit]

KCR started his career with the youth Congress party in Medak district, controlled by Sanjay Gandhi in the 1970s. As he himself claims, he and a few others stood by Indira Gandhi even after her defeat in the 1977 Lok Sabha polls.[citation needed]

Telugu Desam Party[edit]

KCR joined the TDP in 1983 and contested against A.Madan Mohan and lost that election. Kcr won four consecutive Assembly elections from Siddipet between 1985 and 1999. From 1987-1988 worked as Minister of Drought & Relief in NT Ramarao's cabinet. In 1990 appointed as TDP convener for Medak, Nizamabad and Adilabad districts. In 1996 worked as transport minister in Chandrababau Naidu's cabinet. He also served as the deputy speaker of the Andhra Assembly from 2000-2001.[9]

Telangana Rashtra Samithi[edit]

Life-size cutout of K Chandrashekar Rao, the First Chief Minister of Telangana State, at a prime location in the capital Hyderabad.

On 27 April 2001, Rao resigned as Deputy Speaker and TDP MLA.[10] He claimed that the politicians of the region were being suppressed and believed that separatism is the only solution.[11] In April 2001, he formed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to campaign for his separatist agenda.[10]

In the Elections of 2014, Rao announced the first Member of the Legislative Assembly candidate of Telangana Rashtra Samithi from Armoor, Telangana to Asannagari Jeevan Reddy.This was the First ever announcement of MLA Candidates for 2014 Elections by any Political Party in Telangana.Soon he went onto become the First Chief Minister of Telangana by winning 63 out of 119 Assembly Seats in Telangana including Armoor.The party also won 11 of the 17 Lok Sabha Seats in Telangana and came out as a super power in Telangana Politics.[12]

In the elections of 2004, Rao won the Siddipet state assembly constituency and also the Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency, both as a TRS candidate.The TRS fought the 2004 general elections in alliance with the Indian National Congress and Rao was one of the five TRS candidates who were returned as MPs.[13]

TRS was part of the United Progressive Alliance coalition government, led by Congress. The party later withdrew from the coalition, saying that the Alliance was not minded to support a separate Telangana state.[14] In 2004, he fought the Lok Sabha polls and went on to become a Union Cabinet minister of Labour and Employment in the UPA-1 government at the Centre. He resigned in 2006.[9] In 2009, Rao fought and won the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha by election for the TRS,the party fought the general elections as part of the opposition coalition led by TDP. In 2014, Elected as MLA from Gajwel Constituency of Medak Dist of Telangana State with a majority of 19218 and as MP from Medak Constituency with a majority of 397029 on 16-5-2014. In Telangana, the TRS, which led the campaign for a separate State for more than a decade, emerged victorious by winning 11 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats and 63 of the 119 Assembly seats, and emerged as the party with the largest vote share.[15] KCR was sworn in as the first chief minister of the Telangana state at 12.57 pm on June 2, the day when the new state will be born. Rao, a staunch believer in astrology, numerology and Vaastu, is learnt to have fixed this time for his coronation as per the advice of priests to suit his lucky number ‘six’.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao is married to Shobha and has two children.[8] His son, K. T. Rama Rao, is a legislator from sircilla, karimnagar district, Telangana (Now he is cabinet minister for IT & Panchayat Raj Departments); His daughter, Kalvakuntla Kavitha, is M.P. from Nizamabad, Telangana . His nephew, Harish Rao, is Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Siddipet constituency, Medak district, Telangana (Now he is cabinet minister for Water works, Assembly Matters and Marketing).[citation needed]


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  2. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/made-in-telangana-should-be-a-global-standard-kcr/article6142596.ece
  3. ^ Telangana CM, K Chandrashekar Rao, a Hindi speaking CM in south India
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karimnagar_(Lok_Sabha_constituency)
  5. ^ Farooq, Omer (10 December 2009). "India's 'Tiger of Telangana' feted". BBC News. 
  6. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/rao-to-take-up-epf-rate-cut-with-pm-105121501083_1.html
  7. ^ a b Who is KCR? | NDTV.com
  8. ^ a b "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile". Parliament of India. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
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  10. ^ a b Dy. Speaker resigns, launches new outfit. The Hindu (28 April 2001). Retrieved on 2014-02-24.
  11. ^ Telangana finds a new man and moment. Hinduonnet.com (19 May 2001). Retrieved on 2011-06-30.
  12. ^ "Politics of separation". Frontline. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Politics of separation". Frontline. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Telangana isn’t scary. Hindustan Times (10 December 2009). Retrieved on 2011-06-30.
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  16. ^ "KCR to Be Sworn in Telangana State's First CM on June 2". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "KCR to Be Sworn in Telangana State's First CM on June 2". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
Preceded by
Position Established
Chief Minister of Telangana
2 June 2014 – current
Succeeded by