K. Kavitha

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Kalvakuntla Kavitha
Kavitha T-Jagruthi.jpg
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
Preceded by Madhu Yashki
Constituency Nizamabad
Personal details
Born 1978 (age 35–36)
Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana, India)
Political party Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Children 2
Residence Hyderabad, India

Kalvakuntla Kavitha (born 1978) is an Indian Member of Parliament and Telangana Rashtra Samithi party member.[1] She is a daughter of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao and was active in the agitation for the separate statehood for Telangana.[2]

Early life[edit]

K. Kavitha was born in Karimnagar as the second of two children of K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Shobha. Her father is the first and the current Chief Minister of the Indian state of Telangana. He is the president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, a Regional Party in India.

Kavitha studied in the Stanley Girls High School and did graduation in engineering from VNRVJIET and masters in Computer Science from an American university in 2001.[3]

Political career[edit]

Kavitha runs a non-governmental organisation called Telangana Jagruthi'.[4]

In the General Elections 2014, Kavitha was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from the Nizamabad constituency.[5]

Kavitha has mentioned her interests as representing the aspirations of the Telangana people and the Jammu and Kashmir issue. She supports resolving the Kashmir dispute and moving on. She has come out in support of a uniform civil code.[4]

Her statement that both Telangana (as part of the Hyderabad state) and Jammu and Kashmir were "forcefully annexed" to India landed her in controversy. Sedition charges were filed against her in August 2014 by Hyderabad police, upon directions from a local court.[6] The complaint was made by K. Karunasagar, a local BJP convenor. However, the BJP leader L. K. Advani praised her for forcefully raising the issue of rehabilitation of Kashmiri pandits.[7]