C. Vidyasagar Rao

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His Excellency
C. Vidyasagar Rao
Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao.jpg
22nd Governor of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 August 2014
Preceded by K. Sankaranarayanan
Governor of Tamil Nadu (Addl. charge)
In office
2 September 2016 – 6 October 2017
Preceded by K. Rosaiah
Succeeded by Banwarilal Purohit
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Karimnagar
In office
Preceded by L. Ramana
Succeeded by Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao
Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
for Metpally
In office
Union Minister of State for Home affairs, and Commerce and Industry
In office
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Personal details
Born Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
(1941-02-12) 12 February 1941 (age 77)
Karimnagar, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana, India)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Vinoda Rao

Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao (born 12 February 1941) is an Indian politician from Telangana, currently serving as Governor of the state of Maharashtra. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he had served as a Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government from 1999. He was elected to 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Karimnagar.


Origins and Education[edit]

He was born in Nagaram, Sircilla district on 12 February 1941 to C. Srinivasa Rao and Chandramma, in a Padmanayaka Velama Dora family. He has three brothers. He completed his schooling in Vemulawada, PUC in Hyderabad, B.Sc. in Nanded of Maharashtra and later studied law at Osmania University.

Legal and political career[edit]

As a lawyer and politician[edit]

After completion of law, he started working as lawyer. He was elected as convener(Chairman) of Janasangh, Karimnagar in 1972. He went to jail during the emergency period. He represented the BJP in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Metpally assembly segment from 1985 to 1998 and entered into the Parliament by winning Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency in 1998 and in 1999. He was also the BJP state president in 1998. His leadership in assembly has lifted party's profile in the state. Shri Rao had been Floor Leader of his party in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for 15 years. He was successful in piloting a private member’s bill in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly that sought stringent punishment for people practicing bigamy. It was completely Sri Rao's brainchild. His Padyatra to Ichampalli in the year 1998 as the then BJP president highlighting the need to utilize Godavari waters for the needs of the people of Telangana led the Government to consider the project seriously.

As a minister[edit]

He was Union minister of State for Home affairs in the cabinet of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999. Later, his portfolio was changed to Union Minister of state for Commerce and Industry.

As a governor[edit]

He was appointed as a governor of Maharashtra on 30 August 2014. His appointment was issued by 13th President of India, Mr.Pranab Mukherjee after the resignation of K. Sankaranarayanan. His oath was administered by Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah.[1] On 26 September 2014, he accepted the resignation of Prithviraj Chavan as his party had no majority, and President's Rule was imposed on Maharashtra.[2] He held additional charge as governor of Tamil Nadu from 2nd September 2016 to 6th October 2017.[3][4]


His wife's name is Vinoda. His elder brothers are C. Rajeshwara Rao, a former Communist leader; C. Hanumantha Rao who was the chancellor of Hyderabad Central University and C. Venkateshwara Rao. Most of his family members are settled in Dallas, Florida and Dubai.


  1. ^ "Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao sworn in as Maharashtra Governor". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-05-28. 
  2. ^ "President's rule imposed in Maharashtra - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-05-28. 
  3. ^ Tiwari, Ravish (2017-02-09). "Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao: Lifelong Sangh man who returned from wilderness". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2018-05-28. 
  4. ^ Nair, Sobhana K. (2017-09-30). "Banwarilal Purohit is new Governor of Tamil Nadu". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-05-28. 
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
L. Ramana
Member of Parliament
for Karimnagar

1998 – 2004
Succeeded by
K. Chandrashekhar Rao
Political offices
Preceded by
Kateekal Sankaranarayanan
Governor of Maharashtra
30 August 2014 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Konijeti Rosaiah
Governor of Tamil Nadu
2 September 2016 - 6 October 2017
Succeeded by
Banwarilal Purohit

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