Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhara Rao, who yesterday took over as the first chief minister of Telangana, is a man with an indomitable spirit.
When he quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to float Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and revive the movement for Telangana state in 2001, few had believed that he would achieve his goal, given the chequered history of the movement.
The frail-looking Rao was till then not a very popular leader of Telangana but he proved a huge crowd-puller and single-handedly made ‘Jai Telangana’ a household slogan. Even his bitter critics admit that the credit of taking Telangana movement to every nook and corner of the region goes to KCR, as the 60-year-old is popularly known.
It is no wonder that KCR, who was all alone when he started the journey, recited this Urdu couplet at his meetings. “Mein akela hi chala tha janib manzil magar/Log saath ate gae aur karwan banta gaya”.
With the formation of Telangana as the 29th state of India, KCR has achieved his goal and by taking oath as the first chief minister of the new state, he has embarked on a journey to rebuild the state.
If Telangana will go down in the history as one of the world’s mass movements, KCR will be remembered for reviving the movement for a separate state 14 years ago.
“The MHA will have to provide us with final boundaries of the state. Then we will incorporate them and release the official map. Some of the district boundaries in Telangana will become state boundaries with other states,” said a Survey of India official.
Cong credits Sonia for formation of Telangana
Former Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, in whose tenure the Bill for creation of the new state was passed, credited the Cong president for Telangana. “Sonia Gandhi had promised the people of Telangana that she will give them a separate state.”
Telugu people will stay united: Jagan
YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy yesterday said though the state is divided geographically, Telugu people will stay united and will cooperate mutually. “I congratulate every individual of Telangana on the formation of the new state.”
Telangana gets two Deputy CMs
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao yesterday appointed two Deputy CMs, Mohammed Mahmood Ali and
T Rajaiah. Ali will hold revenue portfolio while Rajaiah will look after medical and health.