K Chandrashekar Rao

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K Chandrashekar Rao

NameKalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao
Nick NameKCR
DOB17 February 1954
(Age 69 Yr. )

Personal Life

Education MA in Literature
Caste Velama
Religion Hinduism
Nationality Indian
Profession Politician, Social Activist
Birth Place Siddipet,  Telangana, India

Physical Appearance

Height 5 feet 8 inches
Weight 75 kg (approx.)
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black

Family Status

Parents

Father- Raghavar Rao
Mother- Venkatamma

Marital Status Married
Spouse

K. Shobha

Childern/Kids

Daughter- Kalvakuntla Kavitha (Politician)

Siblings

Son- K. T. Rama Rao (Politician)

Favourite

Foods Naatu Kodi (Desi chicken), Peetala Iguru (crabs curry), Palaav, Ulava Charu and Gongura.

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, often referred to by his initials KCR, is an Indian politician serving as the first and current Chief Minister of Telangana since 2 June 2014. He is the founder and leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, a state party in India. He is known for leading the Telangana movement to achieve statehood for Telangana. Previously, he served as the Union Minister of Labour and Employment from 2004 to 2006. He represents Gajwel constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Telangana. Rao took oath as the first Chief Minister of Telangana in 2014 and was re-elected for the second term in 2018.

Early life

Chandrashekar Rao was born to Raghava Rao and Venkatamma on 17 February 1954 in Chintamadaka village Hyderabad State which is present-day Telangana. His family belongs to the Padmanayaka Velama. Rao has 9 sisters and 1 elder brother. He attained a MA degree in Telugu literature from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Early political career

Congress Party

Rao started his career with the Youth Congress Party in Medak district.

Telugu Desam Party

Rao joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1983 and contested against A. Madan Mohan and lost that election. He won four consecutive Assembly elections from Siddipet 1985 and 1999. From 1987 to 1988, he worked as Minister of Drought & Relief in Chief minister N. T. Rama Rao's cabinet. In 1990, he was appointed TDP convener for Medak, Nizamabad, and Adilabad districts. In 1996, he worked as Transport minister in Chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu's cabinet. He also served as the deputy speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly from 2000 to 2001.

Telangana movement

  • On 27 April 2001, Rao resigned as Deputy Speaker, TDP Party as well. He asserted that the people of the Telangana region were being discriminated and believed that separate state is the only solution.
  • In 2009, Rao fought and won the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha elections. In November 2009, he started a fast-unto-death, demanding the introduction of Telangana Bill in the Indian Parliament. After 11 days of beginning his fast, the Central Government said yes to Telangana as a separate state.
  • The TRS party fought the general elections as part of the opposition coalition led by TDP. In 2014, Rao was elected as MLA from Gajwel Assembly Constituency of Medak Dist of Telangana State with a majority of 19,218 and as MP from Medak with a majority of 397,029 on 16 May 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.

Chief Minister of Telangana (2014–present)

  • K. Chandrashekar Rao with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hyderabad Metro in 2017
  • KCR was sworn in as the first chief minister of the Telangana state at 12.57 pm on 2 June 2014. 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'.
  • In September 2018, Rao dissolved the Telangana Legislative Assembly, nine months before its term ends to go for an early election. In December 2018, Rao was re-elected as Chief Minister for the second term, after winning the 2018 Telangana Legislative Assembly election.
  • His welfare programs are aimed at reviving the rural economy and are focused on the development of each community.
  • KCR had revived the Telangana history, culture and festivals. The native festival Bathukamma, festival of flowers and Shakti was declared as state festival. In 2017, he declared Urdu to be the second official language of Telangana. The government spent Rs. 1200 crore for the expansion of the Yadadri temple.

National Politics

In May 2019, ahead of the 2019 Indian general election, KCR attempted to set up Federal Front along with leaders of other regional political parties. The Front's aim was to bring a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance to power at the Central Government of India.

Bharat Rashtra Samithi

In June 2022, KCR announced to float a national party Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). On 5 October 2022, at the day of Vijayadashami, KCR renamed his party to Bharat Rashtra Samithi on party's Executive Council Meeting.

Personal life

Rao is married to Shobha and has two children. His son, K. T. Rama Rao is a legislator from Sircilla and is the cabinet minister for IT, Municipal Administration & Urban Development. His daughter, Kavitha, served as M.P. from Nizamabad and currently serving as a Member of Legislative Council, Nizamabad since 2020. His nephew, Harish Rao, is MLA for Siddipet and Telangana's cabinet minister for finance. Rao has good command over languages like Telugu, English, Urdu, and Hindi. He lives with his family at the official chief minister residence, Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad.

In 2015, Rao adopted Pratyusha, who was rescued from domestic violence. She got married in 2020.

Views

Rao is a Gandhian. He has credited Mahatma Gandhi's ideology for inspiring him in his non-violent Telangana movement.

Rao has described Rahul Gandhi as the "biggest buffoon in the country". He has described Narendra Modi as the "most ineffective PM" in Indian history.

Rao is follower of Sri Vaishnavism of Ramanuja, an ardent devotee of his guru Chinna Jeeyar and a strong believer of Hinduism and spirituality. To enhance spiritual consciousness, KCR had initiated reconstructing and renovating key temples across Telangana, such as Yadadri Kondagattu, and Vemulawada among others.

Other work

Rao gave lyrics for the song "Garadi chesthundru" from the film Jai Bolo Telangana (2011), and wrote a song in Kolimi (2015). He also gave lyrics for songs to promote Mission Kakatiya and for his 2018 poll campaign.

Political statistics


Year
Contested ForConstituencyOpponentVotesMajorityResult
11983MLASiddipetAnanthula Madan Mohan (INC)27889–28766– 887
21985T. Mahender Reddy (INC)45215–2905916156
31989Ananthula Madan Mohan (INC)53145–3932913816
4199464645–3753827107
51999Mushinam Swamy Charan (Indian National Congress)69169–4161427555
62001 By PollsMareddy Srinivas Reddy (TDP)82632–2392058712
72004Jilla Srinivas (TDP)74287–2961944668
82004MPKarimnagarChennamaneni Vidyasagara Rao (BJP)451199–320031131168
92006 By PollsT. Jeevan Reddy (INC)378030–176448201582
102008 By Polls269452–25368715765
112009MahabubnagarDevarakonda Vittal Rao (INC)366569–34638520184
122014MLAGajwelPratap Reddy Vanteru (TDP)86694–6730319391
132014MPMedakP. Shravan Kumar Reddy (INC)657492–260463397029
142018MLAGajwelPratap Reddy Vanteru (INC)125444–6715458290

Awards

  • Popular Choice Award at CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2014
  • Agricultural leadership award 2017
  • Economic Times Awards – Business reformer of the year 2018