K. Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana’s First Chief Minister)

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K. Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana's First Chief Minister)

K. Chandrashekar Rao

commonly known as KCR, is an Indian politician and the founder of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party. He is also the first Chief Minister of the state of Telangana, serving since its formation in 2014.

KCR was born on February 17, 1954, in Chintamadaka village, Medak district, which is now part of Telangana. He pursued his education at Osmania University in Hyderabad, where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and later a Post-Graduate degree in Telugu Literature.

KCR Political Career:

His political career began in the early 1970s, when he actively participated in the “Jai Telangana” movement, demanding a separate statehood for the Telangana region, which was then a part of Andhra Pradesh. K. Chandrashekar Rao played a significant role in the movement and emerged as a prominent leader advocating for the cause of Telangana.

Telangana Founded

In 2001, K. Chandrashekar Rao founded the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party with the primary objective of achieving statehood for Telangana. The party gained significant support over the years, and its demand for a separate state gained momentum.

Telangana, a state in southern India, was officially founded on June 2, 2014. Prior to that, it was part of the larger state of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana became the 29th state of India after a long and significant struggle for statehood that spanned several decades.

The demand for a separate state of Telangana was based on issues of regional identity, economic development, and political representation. The movement for statehood gained momentum over the years, and in response to the popular demand, the Indian government passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act in 2014, which led to the formation of Telangana as a separate state.

Hyderabad, the capital of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, serves as the shared capital for a period of time after the bifurcation. Later, Andhra Pradesh established a new capital called Amaravati, while Hyderabad remained the permanent capital of Telangana.

Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS)

The name of the party was changed from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) on Wednesday 5th October 2022 to foray into national politics ahead of Next Indian general election. On Thursday 6th October 2022, officials from BRS submitted the relevant documents required for name change according to the Representation of the People Act, 1951 to the Election Commission of India in New Delhi. As of October 2022, the party activities are taking place from a rented building at Sardar Patel Marg in Delhi. On Monday 14th November 2022 the party office was inaugurated at New Delhi.

Telangana Schemes

Under K. Chandrashekar Rao’s leadership, the Telangana government has implemented several welfare schemes and development programs, including the “Mission Bhagiratha” for providing piped drinking water to every household, “KCR Kit” scheme for pregnant women and newborns, and the “Rythu Bandhu” scheme for providing financial assistance to farmers. His government has also focused on infrastructure development, irrigation projects, and improving the education and healthcare sectors in the state.

Leadership:

K. Chandrashekar Rao’s leadership style has been described as assertive and focused, with an emphasis on promoting the interests of Telangana and its people. He has been re-elected as Chief Minister in subsequent elections, with the TRS party maintaining its dominance in Telangana politics.

However, KCR’s tenure has also faced criticism from opposition parties and sections of society on various fronts including governance issues, alleged autocratic tendencies, and claims of favoritism towards certain sections of society.

Overall, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, has played a significant role in the formation and development of Telangana as a separate state. His political journey has been closely intertwined with the aspirations and struggles of the Telangana movement, and he continues to be a prominent figure in regional politics.

Personal Information
Born 17 February 1954
Residence Hyderabad
Citizenship Indian
Parents Sri Raghava Rao & Smt. Venkatamma
Marital Status Married
Spouse K. Shobha
Children K. T. Rama Rao (Son), K. Kavitha (Daughter)
Education MA Degree in Telugu Literature from Osmania University, Hyd.

 

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