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Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao
Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, popularly called KCR, is a politician of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. He is the current and first Chief Minister of Telangana State. KCR actively fought for the statehood of Telangana. In the 2014 elections, KCR led TRS party to victory and formed the first ever government in Telangana.
Chandrasekhar Rao was elected to the Telangana Assembly from Gajwel constituency. He also contested and won from the Medak Lok Sabha constituency in the 2014 elections. KCR later gave up his MP seat to become the first Chief Minister of Telangana State. Chandrasekhar Rao is the President of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party. He earlier served as cabinet minister for Labour and Employment in the united Andhra Pradesh.
Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao was born on February 17, 1954 at Chintamadaka village in Medak district. He holds a Masters degree in Telugu Literature. KCR is married to Shobha, who is the daughter of freedom fighter J.Keshava Rao from Kodurpaaka. He has two children. His son K Taraka Rama Rao and daughter K Kavita are both in active politics. K Taraka Rama Rao is an MLA representing Sircilla assembly constituency, while K Kavitha is the leader of TRS wing Telangana Jagruti Samiti.
- KCR’s rivals point out that he was a dora (landlord) and used to live in gadi (fortress) in his native villge Chintamadaka, 20 km from Siddipet.
- Chandrasekhar Rao has donated his gadi to the government in 1997. The fortress now houses a government primary school named after his parents.
- The gadi was donated during TDP regime and the then Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the school.
- The number of students in the school gradually increased to 200 over the years. KCR later donated another 5 acre where a new building was constructed for a high school and was functioning since 2009.
- The gadi also houses a water purification plant which supplies mineral water cans for just Rs 3 each to villagers.
Ramya is the estranged daughter of KCR’s elder brother. She joined Congress on 15 January 2015. Ramya cited the style of functioning of TRS government as reason for joining Congress party.
Stint in Telugu Desam Party
Chandrasekhar Rao first contested in the 1983 assembly elections which he has lost. He was first elected as Member of Legislative Assembly in 1985 from Telugu Desam Party. He achieved continuous success since then, never losing any election. During his stint in the Telugu Desam Party, KCR was as an important member in the party and has also served as Deputy Speaker in the Andhra Pradesh assembly. However, he quit the party later due to difference with the TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu.
Formation of Telangana Rashtra Samithi
An active supporter of a separate statehood of Telangana, Chandrasekhar Rao has formed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi party for the cause of Telangana state. He formed an alliance with the Congress party in 2004 and contested in the elections. Chandrasekhar Rao staged an indefinite hunger strike demanding the formation of Telangana state. He later ended his fast when the UPA Government said that it will initiate the process of formation of Telangana state. However, in a few days, the UPA Government backtracked its statement.
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao meets AICC chief Sonia Gandhi to thank her for granting Telangana statehood. Though, KCR insisted that no politics were discussed, sources say that Congress will be in touch with TRS for a possible merger soon. KCR along with 12 members of his family met Sonia Gandhi. Feb 23, 2014
Chandrasekhar Rao said that Girijans would benefit a lot in Telangana state. He stressed the need for a strong leader and government for the development of Telangana state. KCR has welcomed Telugu Desam Party MLA Nagesh and Satyavathi Rathod into the party. Mar 3, 2014
TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao addresses a public meeting at old bus stand circle in Gadwal of Mahabubnagar district. Addressing the gathering, KCR said that TRS will win the next elections and that if they win 10 MPs they can get funds for development of Telangana from Centre. KCR was visiting Palamuru for the first time since the formation of Telangana state.He credited Prof. Jayashankar for contesting from Mahabubnagar even though he is a native of Medak. Mar 6, 2014
KCR said that no “options” should be given to government employees from Seemandhra. He contented that if options were given, then no employee from Seemandhra would want to leave Hyderabad thus depriving of chances to people from Telangana. He said that TRS will now allow the construction of Polavaram project to go in its current form. Mar 19, 2014
KCR urged people to vote for TRS both in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Speaking at a meeting in Telangana Bhavan, KCR said that he heard that according to some surveys voters would like to vote for Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha and for TRS in Assembly. He said that if TRS is able to win a good number of seats in Lok Sabha, they will be able to bring pressure on centre to concede new projects to Telangana. Mar 20, 2014
KCR addresses meetings in nine Assembly segments of Adilabad. He rips Telugu Desam Party and Congress party. Apr 20, 2014
KCR and his wife visited the ashram of Chinajeer Swamy at Muchintal near Shamshabad. They took blessings from the spiritual leader. A special puja was performed for them. May 5, 2014
TRS and YSR Congress will form Governments in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively
KCR said Congress would be limited to less than 30 seats in the recently concluded Assembly elections. He also predicted that TRS would get absolute majority in Telangana, while YSR Congress Party will form government in Andhra Pradesh. KCR asked his partymen not to project him as the Chief Minister and said the TRS Legislature Party will take the call after the poll results. TRS is willing to back UPA at the Centre if the later is capable of forming the Government and if not, it will support a secular third front. He ruled out backing NDA. May 9, 2014
TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao condemned the remarks of Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who said that the Centre would require more time to resolve the Telangana issue. KCR said that the announcement was on expected lines and that was why he said that the all-party meeting on Telangana issue last month was useless. He called on the Telangana leaders to leave the party. Jan 23, 2013
KCR triggered a controversy when he said that employees from coastal districts working in Telangana will have no option but to go back. He defended his comments adding that their services will be required by the government of Seemandhra after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Aug 2, 2013
Performance in Elections
|Year||Constituency||Party||Votes||Votes%||Nearest Rival / Winning Candidate||Party||Votes||Votes%||Result|
|2014||Medak (Lok Sabha)||TRS||657,492||Dr.P. Shravan Kumar Reddy||Congress||260,463||Winner|
|2009||Mahbubnagar (Lok Sabha)||TRS||366,569||39.5%||Devarakonda Vittal Rao||Congress||346,385||37.3%||Winner|
|2004||Karimnagar (Lok Sabha)||TRS||451,199||51.6%||Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao||BJP||320,031||36.6%||Winner|
|2004||Siddipet (Assembly)||TRS||74,287||63.8%||Jilla Srinivas||TDP||29,619||25.5%||Winner|
|1999||Siddipet (Assembly)||TDP||69,169||61.0%||Mushinam Swamy Charan||Congress||41,614||36.7%||Winner|
|1994||Siddipet (Assembly)||TDP||64,645||60.9%||Ananthula Madan Mohan||Congress||37,538||35.4%||Winner|
|1989||Siddipet (Assembly)||TDP||53,145||55.6%||Ananthula Madan Mohan||Congress||39,329||41.1%||Winner|
|1985||Siddipet (Assembly)||TDP||45,215||57.4%||T. Mahender Reddy||Congress||29,059||36.9%||Winner|
|1984||Siddipet (Assembly)||TDP||64,645||60.9%||Ananthula Madan Mohan||Congress||37,538||35.4%||Winner|
|1983||Siddipet (Assembly)||Independent||27,889||39.1%||Ananthula Madan Mohan||Congress||28,766||40.3%||Runner-up|