Kalvakunta Chandrasekhar Rao alias KCR has taken oath as the first Chief Minister of Telangana on the formation day of Telangana state, on June 2. He was born on February 17, 1954 in Chintamadaka village, Siddipet Mandal in Medak District of erstwhile Hyderabad State in an agrarian family. He obtained Masters Degree (M.A) in Telugu Literature from O.U Arts College – Osmania University, Hyderabad.KCR started his career with the youth Congress Party in Medak district, controlled by Sanjay Gandhi in the early 70s.
He remained one among many political leaders for a long time of his political career. Nevertheless, he became the prominent leader of Telangana region only after he launched his new political party in April 2001 under the name Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The party emerged as a revolutionary party with the sole aim of getting statehood for Telangana.
KCR has been known for his own way of getting the things done. Unlike many politicians who never dare to offer resignations to their existing portfolios, KCR had sacrificed his portfolios many times, to put forward the aspirations of the Telangana people. He tried all possible ways of getting Telangana carved out of in a friendly environment and tied up alliance with different parties at different instances that were otherwise abide by the formation of Telangana.
November 29, 2009, on the historic day of Telangana, KCR went on an indefinite strike for the cause of statehood for Telangana. On the 11th day of his hunger strike, the Centre has come down to announce the initiation of the process of formation of Telangana. The then Union Home Minister has officially announced the same on December 9, 2009 night. With the dramatic resignation episode of the leaders from the other part of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state, Centre had to revoke its decision on December 23, 2009. There after so many things happened in a sequence and ultimately it was on July 30, 2013, the AICC Working committee has given its nod for the formation of Telangana.
The final chapter started on that day and amidst so much of commotions and other happenings in the state as well as in the Centre, it was on Feb 20, 2014 the Andhra Pradesh reorganisation bill was passed in either house of the Parliament. Following the official announcement of statehood for Telangana, the announcement of General Elections was also made.
These elections were very crucial as far as either region of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh was concerned. Every Party claimed their best to claim credit for the formation of Telangana state. The main battle was between TRS and Congress, for obvious reasons. The people of Telangana have given a clear mandate to TRS party in these elections. After 17days waiting period after the declaration of the results, it was on June 2, 2014, KCR took oath as the first Chief Minister of Telangana.
No doubt the success that KCR attained is very sweet. Nevertheless, the secret behind that success is nothing but sweat. Hopefully, the first Chief Minister of Telangana would turn the dreams of Telangana people into reality!!