Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao
Full Name: Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao
Popularly Known As: KCR
Profession: Politician, Social Activist
Date of Born: 17 February 1954.
Famous as: The inaugural Chief Minister of Telangana, a state established following the division of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
Education Qualification: M.A. degree in Telugu literature from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
- Father : Raghavar Rao
- Mother : Venkatamma
- Brother – 1(elder)
- sister(s)- 9
Social Media Profiles:
Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) is the first Chief Minister of Telangana, which became a separate state from Andhra Pradesh. He leads the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. Currently, he’s an MLA representing Gajwel.
KCR started his political journey with the Youth Congress, later joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), but resigned in 2001 to advocate for a separate Telangana state. He founded the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in 2001.
KCR’s dedication to the Telangana cause led him to resign from the Union Cabinet in 2006 and stage hunger strikes for the state’s formation. The movement’s success came in 2009 when the Indian government announced the initiation of the process for Telangana’s formation.
Chintamadaka village, located near Siddipet in what was once Hyderabad State but is now part of Telangana, is where Chandrashekar Rao was born. He hails from the Padmanayaka Velama community and comes from a family of 11 siblings, including 9 sisters and an elder brother. He earned his Master’s degree in Telugu literature from Osmania University in Hyderabad.
Political Journey Timeline:
1983: Joined the Telugu Desam Party.
1983: Faced defeat in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly election against A. Madan Mohan.
1985-1999: Secured victory in four consecutive Assembly elections from Siddipet.
1987-1988: Appointed as the Minister of Drought and Relief in N.T. Rama Rao’s Cabinet.
1996: Assumed the role of Transport Minister in Chandrababu Naidu’s Cabinet.
2000-2001:Elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
2001:Resigned from the Telugu Desam Party.
2001: Founded the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
2009-2014: Served as the Member of Parliament from Mahbubnagar Constituency.
2014: Became the first Chief Minister of Telangana.
Rao is married to Shobha and they have two children. His son, K. T. Rama Rao, currently serves as a legislator representing Sircilla and holds the position of Cabinet Minister for IT, Municipal Administration & Urban Development. His daughter, Kavitha, previously served as a Member of Parliament from Nizamabad and has been a Member of the Legislative Council, Nizamabad, since 2020. Additionally, his nephew, Harish Rao, holds the position of MLA for Siddipet and is the Cabinet Minister for Finance in Telangana. Rao is proficient in several languages, including Telugu, English, Urdu, and Hindi. The family resides at the official chief minister residence, Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad.
In 2015, Rao adopted Pratyusha, who was a survivor of domestic violence. She subsequently got married in 2020.