Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao

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Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao
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1st Chief Minister of Telangana
Assumed office
2 June 2014
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan
Preceded by Office Established
Minister of Labour and Employment
In office
22 May 2004 – 2006
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
Minister of Transport (Government of Andhra Pradesh)
In office
Minister of Drought & Relief (Government of Andhra Pradesh)
In office
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Constituency Mahbubnagar, Andhra Pradesh (now in Telangana)
In office
Constituency Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh
(now in Telangana)
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Constituency Gajwel, Telangana State
In office
Constituency Siddipet, Andhra Pradesh
(now in Telangana)
Personal details
Born (1954-02-17) 17 February 1954 (age 63)
Andhra Pradesh State, India
( now Telangana, India)
Nationality Indian
Political party Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Spouse(s) K. Shobha
Children K. T. Rama Rao
K. Kavitha
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Alma mater Osmania University
Religion Hinduism

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao (born 17 February 1954), better known and abbreviated as KCR,[1][2][3][4] 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.[5] He is a Member of the Legislative Assembly (Telangana) from the Gajwel constituency of Medak District in Telangana. Previously, he served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (Andhra Pradesh) from Siddipet and also as the Member of Parliament from Mahbubnagar, Karimnagar and Medak. He took oath as the first Chief Minister of the new state of Telangana on 2 June 2014.[6]

Early life[edit]

Rao was born on 17 February 1954 in Chintamadaka village, Siddipeta Mandal, Medak District of Telangana State.[7][8] He attained a Masters degree in Literature from Osmania Arts College-Osmania University, Hyderabad.[9]

Political career[edit]

Congress Party[edit]

KCR started his career with the youth Congress party in Medak district.Under the leadership of Sanjay Gandhi though congress was in a bad position he stood with them. later he joined Telugu Desam Party led by NT.Rama Rao. KCR is known for his fluency in Telugu, Hindi, English and Urdu languages.

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. Rama Rao's cabinet. In 1990, he was appointed as TDP convener for Medak, Nizamabad and Adilabad districts. In 1996, he worked as Transport minister in Chandrababu Naidu's cabinet. He also served as the deputy speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly from 2000–2001.[10]

Telangana Rashtra Samithi[edit]

On 27 April 2001, Rao resigned as Deputy Speaker, TDP MLA and TDP Party as well.[11] He stood for the people of the Telangana region were being discriminated and believed that separate state is the only solution.[12] In April 2001, he formed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Party at Jala Drushyam, Hyderabad to achieve Telangana statehood.[11]

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 with Jannu.Jakaraiah as Chairman for National Minimum Wages Advisory Board. He resigned in 2006 With Jannu jakariah.[10] 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.[15] 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’.[16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao is married to Shobha and has two children.[9] His son, K. T. Rama Rao, is a legislator from Sircilla, Karimnagar district, Telangana and is the cabinet minister for IT & Panchayat Raj , Municipal Administration & Urban Development Departments. His daughter, Kalvakuntla Kavitha, is an 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. KCR has 9 sisters and 1 elder brother in Velama Dora family. KCR has good command over languages Telugu, English, Urdu, and Hindi.

Political statistics[edit]

S.No Year Contested Constituency Opponent Votes Majority Result
1 1983 MLA Siddipet Ananthula Madan Mohan (INC) 27889 – 28766 - 887 Lost
2 1985 MLA Siddipet T. Mahender Reddy (INC) 45215 – 29059 16156 Won
3 1989 MLA Siddipet Ananthula Madan Mohan (INC) 53145 – 39329 13816 Won
4 1994 MLA Siddipet Ananthula Madan Mohan (INC) 64645 – 37538 27107 Won
5 1999 MLA Siddipet Mushinam Swamy Charan (INC) 69169 – 41614 27555 Won
6 2001 By Polls MLA Siddipet Mushinam Swamy Charan (TDP) 82632 – 23920 58712 Won
7 2004 MLA Siddipet Jilla Srinivas (TDP) 74287 – 29619 44668 Won
8 2004 MP Karimnagar Chennamaneni Vidyasagara Rao (BJP) 451199 – 320031 131168 Won
9 2006 By Polls MP Karimnagar T. Jeevan Reddy (INC) 378030 – 176448 201582 Won
10 2008 By Polls MP Karimnagar T. Jeevan Reddy (INC) 269452 – 253687 15765 Won
11 2009 MP Mahabubnagar Devarakonda Vittal Rao (INC) 366569 – 346385 20184 Won
12 2014 MLA Gajwel Pratap Reddy Vanteru (TDP) 86694 – 67303 19391 Won
13 2014 MP Medak Narendara Nath (INC) 657492 – 260463 397029 Won


CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2014[19][20][21][22]


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  21. ^ "Telangana CM examined by CBI team in 2006 case". The Hindu. 
  22. ^ "CBI Questions to KCR on UPA Era Case Raise a Few Eyebrows". The New Indian Express. 
Preceded by
Position Established
Chief Minister of Telangana
2 June 2014 – current
Succeeded by