Hyderabad: Telangana BJP veteran Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, who was appointed as the Governor of Maharashtra, made his way up the party lines. Mr Vidyasagar Rao was a three-time MLA in the un-divided AP Assembly from Metpalli Assembly segment of Karimnagar district.
However, in 2008 he lost from the Vemulawada Assembly segment to TRS candidate Chennamaneni Ramesh, his nephew. He lost the 2014 elections from the Karimnagar LS seat and lost to Mr Boinapally Vinod Kumar of the TRS, another relative. In 2004, he had lost to TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
His eldest brother Chennamaneni Rajeswara Rao was a stalwart in the Communist Party of India who later switched over to the TDP. Another elder brother, Ch. Hanumantha Rao, is a former member of the Planning Commission and is presently serving as Chancellor of the Hyderabad Central University.
Another elder brother, Ch. Venkateswara Rao, is a prominent Communist leader in Karimnagar district.
Mr Rao was born on February 4, 1942, to Srinivasa Rao and Chandramma in Nagaram village of Konaraopet mandal in Karimnagar district. He was BJP state president in 1998