"Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi won 88 seats and Sri KCR was sworn in as the second Chief Minister of Telangana on 13th December 2018."

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, was born in Chintamadaka, Medak Dist, Telangana, India to Sri Raghava Rao and Smt. Venkatamma on February 17, 1954 . After leading the Telangana movement to its desired end, he became the first Chief Minister of the State. He is also the founder President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) which was in the forefront of the movement for Statehood to Telangana.
He has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for multiple terms from different constituencies. He was also a Member of Parliament and has also held the position of a Cabinet Minister for Labour and Employment.

He has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Siddipet (1985-2004, four terms) and Gajwel (2014-18) constituencies. He is currently representing Gajwel constituency in the 2nd Telangana Legislative Assembly.


While the statehood aspirations were alive in people, it took sometime before they found the right platform to intensify the agitation. In mid 90s, several peoples’ organizations started conducting meetings and seminars on the Telangana statehood issue.

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), who was then the Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh State assembly, had started background work on Telangana issue in early 2000. And after detailed discussions and deliberations with many Telangana intellectuals, KCR had resigned to the posts of Deputy Speaker and MLA and announced the launch of Telangana Rashtra Samithi Party on 27th April 2001. Prof Jayashankar, the ideologue of Telangana statehood movement extended his support to KCR.

In 2004, TRS entered into a poll alliance with Congress party. The TRS party won 26 MLAs and 5 MPs and entered both the AP state Assembly and Indian Parliament. Telangana issue found a place in UPA-1 Common Minimum Program. The issue was also mentioned by President Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in their respective speeches in the parliament.

As KCR’s health was deteriorating very fast, the UPA government,on Dec 9th 2009, announced that the process of statehood for Telangana would be initiated.