Hyderabad: On Monday, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was the cynosure of all eyes at his home and at Raj Bhavan, touching the feet of elders and hugging those close to him. Mr Rao personally took his guru, Mruthunjaya Sharma, a schoolteacher from his Chintamadaka village, to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Vimala Narasimhan and introduced him to them. “He is my father’s guru and he has high regards for him,” IT minister K.T. Rama Rao said.
Mr Sharma, who came with his family, was escorted by Mr Rao to breakfast at Raj Bhavan. Before leaving for the Raj Bhavan to take oath as Chief Minister, Mr Rao offered traditional clothes to Mr Sharma and his family, offered prayers before Gods, bowed before the portraits of his parents, touched the feet of elder relatives and took their blessings. He then left for the Raj Bhavan with wife Shobha, daughter Kavitha, son-inlaw Anil, grand-sons, son K.T. Rama Rao , daughterin- law Shalima and their children. At Raj Bhavan, Mr Rao posed for the traditional group photo with the newly inducted Cabinet ministers and also photos with his entire family and his guru and his family.
1. N. NARASIMHA
Coming from trade union politics, Mr Reddy was instrumental in strengthening the TRS cadre base in the city since its inception. Born on May 12, 1940, Mr Reddy is known be the close confidant of Mr Chandrashekhar Rao. He was earlier made a minister in the YSR Cabinet in 2004 as part of the TRS alliance with the Congress. However, it was for a brief period as he had to resign demanding Telangana state. But he lost elections regularly since then. He avoided election this time. Despite this, he was made the home minister giving enough indications that Mr Rao would nominate him as MLC. He did HSC only. According to Mr Reddy, the Naxal issue has to be resolved for the speedy development of Telangana. He said that the government is ready to initiate talks, if the
Moaists shun their weapons and come forward to join the mainstream. “We will discuss the issue in the Cabinet meet and the steps that need to be taken to check it.”
2. T. RAJAIAH
Chief Minister Portfolio: Medical and Health
Born on March 2, 1960, 54-year old T. Rajaiah did his MBBS and hails from Station Ghanpur in Warangal district. Mr Rajaiah played a crucial role in the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) emerging as a major political force in Warangal district, known to be the hotbed of Telangana agitation. Mr Rajaiah was made the Deputy Chief Minister by the party president taking into consideration that he comes from Dalit community. The move was to counter criticism from opposition parties, especially the Congress, which targetted Mr Chandrashekhar Rao for failing to keep his earlier promise on making a Dalit the first CM of Telangana
3. JOGU RAMANNA
Portfolio: Forest and environmentJogu Ramanna was a prominent Telugu Desam leader from the Adilabad district. However, he quit the party to protest Telugu Desam’s stand on Telangana statehood issue. Mr Ramanna claimed Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s two-eye philosophy on the Telangana and Andhra region frustrated him. Mr Ramanna then joined the TRS and emerged as a strong leader in the district. Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao wants to utilise his vast political experience for the party and the government. He was born on July 4, 1963, and hails form Deepaiguda in Adilabad
4. Mahmood Ali
|Designation: Deputy Chief Minister; Portfolio: Revenue|
The 61-year old, who hails from Hyderabad was elected as member of the Legislative Council from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. Known to be a confidant of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, he has been actively involved with party activities for the last few years. Mr Ali is known to have played a major role in garnering the support of the minorities for the TRS in the recent elections. Made deputy chief minister to fulfil with Mr Chandrasekhar Rao’s election manifesto that a representative from the minorities would get the post. He was born on March 2, 1953.
5. T. Padma Rao Goud
Portfolio: Excise and Prohibition
Mr Padma Rao is the only legislator for the TRS from the city in the recent elections; he won from the Secunderabad Assembly seat, defeating sitting Congress candidate Jayasudha. He had won the elections in 2004 from Secunderabad, defeating Talasani Srinivas Yadav of the TD. He shifted to Sanathnagar for the 2009, but lost to Mr Marri Shashidhar Reddy. Mr Chandrasekhar Rao gifted Mr Padma Rao with the minister’s post with the aim of building the TRS cadre base in the city. Mr Padma Rao, who has completed Inter-mediate, has been entrusted with the responsibility of building the TRS ranks in the GHMC limits. Despite the TRS debacle in the 2009 polls, Mr Padma Rao stood by the party and Mr Chandra-sekhar Rao. He has stayed with the TRS since its inception in 2001 and has his own Facebook page. Born: April 7, 1954.
6. K.T. rama Rao
Portfolio: Panchayat Raj, IT
The 38-year old K.T. Rama Rao, a Nizam College alumni, two post-graduate degrees; M.Sc in Biotechology from University of Pune and MBA in marketing and e-commerce from the City University of New York. He was working as senior manager for some time both in the US and India before turning turning to politics. Ever since he moved to India, KTR started taking interest in party affairs and played an active role. He joined the TRS full-time in 2006. Mr Rama Rao was named after TD founder and actor N.T. Rama Rao, as a mark of respect by Mr Chandrasekhar Rao. KTR, as he is popularly known, played a key role in organising agitations for statehood, especially the Million March on Tank Bund and Saagara Haaram on Necklace Road. He has helped Mr Chandrasekhar Rao, in building the party organisation in Telangana. He is frequently seen on national television, articulating the party’s stand on various issues. His wife K. Shailima is an IT consultant. He has two kids, daughter Himanshu, 9, and son Alakhya, 5. Born: July 24, 1976.
7. T. HARISH RAO
Portfolio: Irrigation and marketing
Though Mr Harish Rao came into politics as the nephew of Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Mr Harish Rao emerged as one of the top mass leaders of the TRS in Medak district. Such is his strength that all the opponents have been losing their deposits in every election that he fought. His margin of victory has increased with every election and almost touched the one-lakh mark in the recent elections, a rare achievement. Known for his strong, if sometimes controversial stands.
Mr Harish Rao has completed his BA and worked as minister in the first YSR Cabinet for a brief period before the party decided to quit the ministry on the Telangana issue.
Born on June 3, 1971, Mr Rao had emerged as the star campaigner for the TRS in general polls. He toured extensively in majority of the constituencies and ensured their victory. Even the TRS president had entrusted his entire campaigning activity in the Gajwel Assembly and the Medak Lok Sabha seats to Mr Harish Rao as he was busy touring T-districts. Though there were reports of the CM allotting him crucial power portfolio along with irrigation, he got marketing instead of power. However, the CM entrusted him the responsibility of all the more important legislative affairs minister.
8. G. Jagadishwar Reddy
Born on July 18, 1965, the 49-year old Jagadishwar Reddy has completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees. He is a politburo member of the TRS and was elected from the Suryapet Assembly seat in the recent elections. He is known to be the ‘voice of the TRS’ in media circles, he regularly attends debates on television channels and expresses the party’s views on various issues forcefully, as official spokesperson of the TRS. A first-timer, the party wants to utilise Mr Jagadishwar Reddy’s oratory and organisation skills in running the government.
|9. P. Mahender Reddy|
Born on September 23, 1963, Mahender Reddy has been elected from Tandur constituency. He pursued his Bachelor in Veterinary Science from the Osmania University. Mr Mahender Reddy has been actively associated with the Telangana movement for the last few years. He is the nephew of former minister and MLA P. Indra Reddy. He is also the chairman of Patnam Rajender Reddy Educational Society which runs several BE colleges
10. P. Srinivas reddy
Portfolio: Agriculture, horticulture, and sericulture
Mr Pocharam Srinivas Reddy was a prominent Telugu Desam leader in Nizamabad district and had worked in Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu’s Cabinet earlier. He left the party as he did not agree with its stand on Telangana, and joined the TRS. Mr Srinivas Reddy, who discontinued his BE, hails from Pocharam and got elected from the Banswada Assembly constituency in Nizamabad district. Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao was said to be keen to appointing him as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly but Mr Srinivas Reddy insisted that he wanted to join the Cabinet. His vast political and administrative experience is expected to help TRS both within the party and in the government. Born: February 10, 1949.
11. Etela RajendAr
Portfolio: Finance and planning
Mr Rajendar became the voice of the TRS in the Legislative Assembly since 2009. Though the party put in its worst performance in 2009 with single digit MLAs, Mr Rajendar could successfully raise Telangana issues and concerns with his oratory as leader of the TRS Legislature Party. His leadership and organisation skills helped the party in sustaining the Telangana movement in the Assembly and Mr Chandrasekhar Rao decided to reward him with the plum finance ministry for his contribution to the Telangana movement for the separate statehood. He won the recent elections from the Huzurabad Assembly constituency. He was born on March 20, 1964.