Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao Political Journey – KCR’s Biography
Sri Kalvalkuntla Chandrasekhar Rao, the current chief minister of Telangana was born on 17 February 1954 in Chintamanda village, Siddipet district of Telangana. He graduated from osmania university with an MA degree in literature.
Career as politician:
KCR and Congress
He started his career as a member of youth congress party in Medak district(Andhra Pradesh). He stood with Congress party for a while, later he joined TDP party which completely changed his life.
KCR and Telugu Desam Party
KCR joined TDP party in 1983, he contested against Madan Mohan and lost. But he has been victorious in the next four elections from the Siddipet constituency in the period 1985-1999. He worked as convener of TDP for MEDAK, NIZAMABAD and MAHABUBNAGAR districts. He worked as the drought and relief minister in NTR’s cabinet and as transport minister in Chandra Babu Naidu’s cabinet. He also worked as deputy speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly for a period of two years I.e from 2000-2001.
KCR and TRS
After resigning as the deputy speaker, KCR found the TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) party with an agenda of achieving separate Telangana state which he believed was the only solution to stop the discrimination and oppression towards Telangana people. He won the 2004 elections from Siddipet as MLA and from Karimnagar as MP. In this election, TRS formed an alliance with Congress as they promised to achieve separate Telangana state. In 2004 KCR has become union cabinet minister of Labour and employment as a part of UPA. Congress failed to keep their promise so, KCR resigned as the MP of karimnagar twice in 2006 and 2008 and won both the elections with a huge majority. In 2009 he won the Mahabubnagar elections and elected as MLA.
Cause of the Sakala Janula Samme
KCR fought for separate Telangana state through a hunger strike for 11 days in October of 2009 in which he became very lean and weak. He called off the strike when the central government said they would be taking initiatives to form a separate state, yet again the central government failed to keep their promise. In 2011 KCR united all the Telangana people who believed the separate state is the only solution. Then took one of the historic protests called Sakala Janula Samme by Telangana people in which all the employees of the state came together and protested for 42 days after which the government has agreed to give the separate state.
Formation of Telangana state
CONGRESS party was losing power in many states, with an agenda to win the 2014 Telangana elections the central government has declared the new Telangana state on 2 June 2014.
KCR as the chief minister of Telangana
TRS has won 63 out of 119 assembly seats then it included independent MLA’s to form the government in the newly formed state. KCR was elected the chief minister of newly formed state and implemented many schemes for the welfare of the state.
Welfare programs initiated by the TRS govt
- Division of districts to increase the ease of governance and monitor local resources well.
- The Kaleshwaram project is almost completed which is supposed to provide water for almost 1 crore acres of agricultural land.
- Amma odi and KCR kit was a huge success in which health kits were provided to women who have just given birth.
- He increased pension for old people from 200 to 1000rs a complete 400 percent increase of what the previous government has given.
- 24 hours free current for farmers, 9 hours was what the previous government has given.
- Raithu Bandhu a program which provides financial support of Rs 8000 per acre per year.
- Mission Bhagiratha an initiative supposed to serve drinking water to every house in the state is already complete in many districts.
- Free health checkups for everyone in the state.