Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (born 17 February 1954) frequently abbreviated KCR, is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India. Orginally a member of the Telugu Desam Party, he founded the Telegana Rashtra Samithi for the cause of a separate Telangana state.

Apart from being the president of TRS, he is currently a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India and represents the Mahaboobnagar constituency of Andra Pradesh. He is also an active member of the Velama community and has served as the cabinet minister for Labour and Employment.

KCR was a member of the TDS in the 90s and was made the deputy speaker after the 1999 elctions,went against his hope for a ministerial post. He quit TDS in 2001 to start TRS. Gradually, a strong feeling of alienation that Telangana was far less developed than the rest of Andhra started sinking in. In 2004 elections, YS Rajasekhara Reddy gave his support to KCR for the cause but soon got coldfeet. This triggered resginations of TRS MLAs. Soon after this, KCR also gave up his union post.

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 TRS was part of the UPA coalition government led by Congress until it had withdrawn its support citing the reason that UPA was not in a mood to give nod for separate Telangana state.In 2009, it fought the general elections part of the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.

K. Chandrasekhar Rao, launched a fast-unto-death demanding separate Telangana. He ended his 11 days long fast  after Government of India promised on December 10th, 2009 to initiate the process of carving out the state of Telangana.

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