Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao

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Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao
కల్వకుంట్ల చంద్రశేఖర రావు
1st Chief Minister of Telangana
Incumbent
Assumed office
2 June 2014
Preceded by Office established
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
2014
Constituency Gajwel
Telangana State
Member of Parliament
In office
2009–2014
Constituency Mahbubnagar, Telangana
Member of Parliament
In office
2004–2009
Constituency Karimnagar, Telangana
Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
1999–2001
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
1985–2004
Constituency Siddipet, Telangana
Personal details
Born (1954-02-17) 17 February 1954 (age 60)
Chinthamadaka, Siddipet, Telangana State, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Spouse(s) K. Shobha
Children K. T. Rama Rao
K. Kavitha
Residence Hyderabad, India
Alma mater Osmania University
Religion Hinduism

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (Telugu: కల్వకుంట్ల చంద్రశేఖర రావు; born 17 February 1954), abbreviated KCR,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] He took oath as the first Chief Minister of the new state of Telangana on 2 June 2014.

Early life[edit]

Rao was born on 17 February 1954 in Chintamadaka village, Siddipet Mandal, Medak District of Telangana (Previous AP)[4] in a Velama[5] He attained a Masters degree in Telugu Literature from Osmania Arts College-Osmania University, Hyderabad.[6]

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.

Telugu Desam Party[edit]

KCR joined the TDP in 1983 and contested against A.Madan Mohan and lost that election. He won four consecutive Assembly elections from Siddipet between 1985 and 1999. From 1987-1988, he worked as Minister of Drought & Relief in N. T. Ramarao's cabinet. In 1990, he was appointed as TDP convener for Medak, Nizamabad and Adilabad districts. In 1996, he worked as Transport minister in MChandrababau Naidu's cabinet. He also served as the deputy speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly from 2000-2001.[7]

Telangana Rashtra Samithi[edit]

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.[8] He stated that the people of the region were being discriminated and believed that separate state is the only solution.[9] In April 2001, he formed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to campaign for Telangana statehood.[8]

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[7] In 2009, Rao fought and won the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha election. The TRS party fought the general elections as part of the opposition coalition led by TDP. In 2014, KCR was 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.[12] KCR was sworn in as the first chief minister of the Telangana state at 12.57 pm on 2 June. Rao, a staunch believer in astrology, numerology and Vaastu, is reported to have fixed this time for his inauguration as per the advice of priests to suit his lucky number ‘six’.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao is married to Shobha and has two children.[6] His son, K. T. Rama Rao, is a legislator from Sircilla, Karimnagar district, Telangana and is the cabinet minister for IT & Panchayat Raj Departments. His daughter, Kalvakuntla Kavitha, is M.P. from Nizamabad, Telangana . His nephew, Harish Rao, is MLA for the Siddipet constituency and is now the cabinet minister for Irrigation, Legislative Affairs and Marketing in the Telangana government.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "‘Made in Telangana’ should be a global standard: KCR". thehindu.com (The Hindu). 
  2. ^ "Telangana CM, K Chandrashekar Rao, a Hindi, but not English speaking CM in south India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  3. ^ Karimnagar (Lok Sabha constituency)
  4. ^ "Who is KCR?". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  5. ^ Interview with KCR on YouTube. Retrieved on 24 August 2014
  6. ^ a b "Fifteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile". Parliament of India. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "KCR to enter Congress via Telangana?". IBN Live. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Dy. Speaker resigns, launches new outfit". hindu.com. The Hindu. 28 April 2001. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Telangana finds a new man and moment". Hinduonnet.com. 19 May 2001. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  10. ^ "Politics of separation". Frontline. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Telangana isn’t scary". hindustantimes.com. Hindustan Times. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  12. ^ "TRS wins in Telangana". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "KCR to Be Sworn in Telangana State's First CM on June 2". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "KCR to Be Sworn in Telangana State's First CM on June 2". Deccan-Journal. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Politics of separation". Frontline. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
Preceded by
Position Established
Chief Minister of Telangana
2 June 2014 – current
Succeeded by
Incumbent