K. Chandrashekar Rao Biography

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (Telugu: కల్వకుంట్ల చంద్రశేఖర రావు) (born 17 February 1954), abbreviated KCR, is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. He is a Member of Parliament from the Mahaboobnagar constituency of Andhra Pradesh and is the president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. He was the cabinet minister for Labour and Employment.

Early life

Rao was born in Chintamadaka village in Siddipet in Medak district. He attained a Masters in Telugu Literature .

Political career

He first elected as MLA in 1985 from Telugu Desam Party.He served as the cabinet minister.He never lost an election since 1985.He was a member of the Telugu Desam Party and served as Deputy Speaker until he resigned from the party.

TRS party formation

He formed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi for the cause of Telangana as a separate state. TRS fought the 2004 general elections in alliance with Congress. It was able to win 5 MP seats. TRS was part of the UPA coalition government led by Congress until it had withdrawn its support citing the reason that UPA was not in a mood to give nod for separate Telangana state. In 2009, it fought the general elections part of the opposition coalition.

Hunger strike

Rao began a hunger strike on November 29, 2009, demanding a separate Telangana state. Eleven days later, on December 9, 2009, the Indian government announced that the "process of formation of the state of Telangana would be initiated".

Personal life

K. Chandrashekhar Rao is married to Shobha and has two children, a son K. T. Rama Rao, a legislator, and daughter K. Kavitha. His nephew Harish Rao is Member of Legislative Assembly for the Siddipet constituency.
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