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Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) Biography

Biography of K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR)

The supremo of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, sworn in as the first chief minister of the 29th state of the country, Telangana, on 2 June 2014 at the Raj Bhavan, Telangana.

KCR will govern the state with the aid of his 11-membered cabinet of the new state. His cabinet includes T Harish Rao, K T Rama Rao, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Nayani Narasimha Reddy, T Rajaiah, P Mahender Reddy, Eatela Rajender, T Padma Rao, G Jagadish Reddy, Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy, and Jogu Ramanna.

KCR attained the position of the chief minister of the Telangana region, after his party fetched 63 assembly seats out of 119 in the 2014 assembly elections. Presently, he is serving as the president of the TRS.

KCR’S Telangana Movement

The key role in the struggle to establish a separate statehood for Telangana has been played by K Chandrasekhar Rao. The race which seemed uncertain to conclude, had almost reached the finishing line in 2009 because of the noteworthy exertions of KCR. His indefinite fast compelled the then state government to underline the issue on the central platform and initiate the process to create an independent state of Telangana. Also, he had laid off his position of the deputy speaker of the state assembly of Andhra Pradesh in order to lead the Telangana movement at top gear.

Early life

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao was born to Raghavar Rao and Venkatamma in a village named Chintamadaka in Medak district, Hyderabad on 17 February 1954. He tied the knot with Shobha, a daughter of a freedom fighter, J.Keshava Rao, from Kodurpaaka, on 23 April 1969 and bears two children. His son K. T. Rama Rao is a legislator from Sirisilla, Karimnagar district, Telangana, while his daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha is a Member of Parliament from Nizamabad, Telangana.

He completed his Masters in Telugu Literature from O.U. Arts College Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Political career

Starting his career in 1970s, KCR joined the youth Congress party in Medak district, which was led by Sanjay Gandhi. However, later in 1983, he became a member of the Telugu Desam Party. Contesting assembly elections from Siddipet, KCR emerged victorious for four consecutive terms between 1985 and 1999.

Resigning from the TDP in 2001, KCR formed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, a regional party with the aim to shape an independent state Telangana. His party flourished in Andhra Pradesh as the time progressed. In 2004 assembly polls, Rao bagged the Siddipet assembly constituency as a candidate of the TRS. Also, in the general polls of 2004, KCR was successful in winning the Lok Sabha seat of Karimnagar. In 2004, he was appointed as the Union Cabinet minister of Labour and Employment. However, he stepped down from the cabinet in the year 2006. In 2009, the by election conducted in the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha constituency was won by KCR.

In the simultaneous assembly and general elections in 2014, he won the Medak parliamentary seat along with the Gajwel assembly seat of Medak District of Telangana. He is an MLA from the Gajwel assembly seat of the Medak district, Telangana. Formerly, he had served the state as the Member of the Legislative Assembly from Siddipet and also as the Member of Parliament from the Mahbubnagar constituency.