Telangana Rashtra Samithi

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Telangana Rastra Samithi
తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్ర సమితి
Chairperson K. Chandrashekar Rao
Lok Sabha leader AP Jithender Reddy
Rajya Sabha leader K. Keshava Rao
Founded April 27, 2001
Headquarters Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana,India
Newspaper Namasthe Telangana
Ideology Telangana regionalism
ECI Status state Party[1]


Seats in Lok Sabha
11 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
2 / 245
Seats in Telangana Legislative Assembly
80 / 119
Election symbol
TRS party symbol
Politics of India
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Telangana Rashtra Samithi(abbreviated as TRS) is an Indian regional political party based in Telangana.Founded on 27 April 2001 with a single point agenda of creating a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital by K. Chandrashekar Rao.[3]It has been instrumental in carrying forth a sustained agitation for the granting of statehood to Telangana.[4]

In Telangana Assembly Election, 2014 party won the majority seats and formed the first Government in Telangana State and K. Chandrashekar Rao has become the Chief Minister of Telangana.In 2014 general election it has won 11 MP seats making it the eighth largest party in Lok Sabha.


Telangana Region as it existed before the Andhra Pradesh State in 1994. K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), the founder and president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi, was a member of the Telugu Desam Party until he quit the party due to differences with Nara Chandrababu Naidu about Telangana and formed the TRS in 2001 at Siddipet, India Hyderabad.[5] He quit the Membership of AP Legislative Assembly and the post of Deputy Speaker of AP Legislature while floating the Party. The party initially won one third of Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) and one quarter of Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) in Siddipet within sixty days of the formation of the party.[6]


In the 2004 assembly elections, the TRS formed an alliance with Indian National Congress and won 26 state assembly seats and also won 5 parliament seats at the national level. It joined the governments at both state and central level. In September 2006 the party withdrew support for the central government on the grounds of indecision by the government over the delivery of its electoral promise to create Telangana. On Sept 4th 2011, Wikileaks revealed some sensational cables related to the then resignation of the TRS members for the formation of a separate state. The actual grounds on which they have resigned is due to life-threat to the TRS party members from the Maoists of the Telangana region. The question that arises is that, how can a party with an adhering alliance with the Indian National Congress contest in elections and then break the bonding within a short span of 6 months? Despite being offered several Minister posts to the TRS party members.[7] The party repeatedly assured the people of Telangana that the formation of the new state was on the cards and could happen 'any moment.' When the Central government failed to deliver Telangana, the party withdrew support from the government.[8] On 13 September 2006, Rao triggered a by-election in his Lok Sabha constituency of Karimnagar, claiming provocation from one of the Congress MLA. He won the subsequent by-election with a strong majority. All TRS MLAs and MPs resigned their positions in April 2008 when the Central government did not meet their demand for a separate state in its latest budget session for the 5-year term. The by-election was held on May 29, 2008.[9] In the by-elections, 2008, TRS won 7 out of the 16 assembly segments and 2 out of the 4 loksabha segments, a significant defeat for the party. TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao offered to resign after he lost a number of seats in by-elections but was convinced to remain in office.


TRS Party president K Chandrasekhar Rao announced a schedule for membership drive, which begins 3rd Feb 2015, and elections to party committees from the village level. After a spectacular victories in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, The TRS Party is now focused on strengthening itself in the state.

KCR said the TRS Membership Drive 2015 [7] would continue till February 20. Elections to party committees at different levels would be held during March and April.

TRS party officially started registration process to get membership from 03rd Feb 2015.[8]

2014 Elections[edit]

In the 2014 Assembly and National Elections, TRS did not align with NDA or UPA and fought the elections on its own. 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 in Telangana. The TRS’ campaign had no other stars except KCR who addressed over 300 public meetings, heli-hopping around and often addressing more than 10 meetings in a single day. The TRS not only retained its north Telangana stronghold but also made inroads in south Telangana, a Congress bastion. Later two mla's from BSP joined TRS increasing its strength to 65. [9]

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, has taken oath as the first Chief Minister of the new state of Telangana on June 2, 2014.

Chief Minister[edit]

Election Results[edit]

Assembly Election Results

Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Forfeited Deposits
2004 Assembly 26 54 17[10]
2008 Assembly (Bye) 7 16 2[11]
2009 Assembly 10 45 13[12]
2010 Assembly (Bye) 11 11 0
2011 Assembly (Bye) 1 1 0
2012 Assembly (Bye) 4 5 0
2012 Assembly (Bye) 1 1 0
2014 Assembly 64 119 0[13]

Parliament Election Results

Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Forfeited Deposits
2004 Parliament 5 22[14] 17
2008 Parliament (Bye) 2 4 0
2009 Parliament 2 9 1[15]
2014 Parliament 11 17 0[16]
2015 Parliament (Bye) 1 1 0


  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sixteenth Lok Sabha Party-wise". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Telangana finds a new man and moment
  4. ^ Telangana Rashtra Samithi
  5. ^ The Hindu : Telangana finds a new man and moment. (2001-05-19). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ TRS Membership Drive 2015
  8. ^ Join TRSPARTY OFFICIALLY Complete Steps
  9. ^ "TRS wins Telangana". Hyderabad, India: Deccan-Journal. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
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  11. ^ Front Page : TRS receives a setback in by-polls. The Hindu (2008-06-02). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
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