Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) was born in Chintamadaka village in Medak district on 17th February 1954.
KCR, was elected to the Andhra Pradesh assembly for four consecutive terms. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Karimnagar in 2004 and from Mahabubnagar in 2009.
He has two children – son K. Tarakarama Rao is a member of the assembly and daughter K. Kavitha heads Telangana Jagruthi, a cultural group.
KCR, as he is popularly known among his supporters, almost achieved statehood to Telangana in 2009 by going on an indefinite fast, forcing the central government to announce that the process for a separate Telangana state will be initiated. However, the powerful Seemandhra lobby forced the centre to stall the process.
While the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and even Telangana leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are now trying to take credit, even the bitter critics of KCR admit that it was he who started alone by floating Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
He resigned as Deputy Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh assembly and quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to revive the movement, which became dormant after the massive agitation in 1969.
Starting the agitation for statehood, KCR gave the slogan of self-respect and self-rule. With his trade-mark Telangana lingo, he proved a crowd puller. Known for his acerbic criticism of rivals with a mixture of Telugu and Urdu words, he galvanised people’s support by highlighting the injustices meted out to the region since its merger with Andhra Pradesh – when the linguistic state was formed in 1956.
He built the TRS into a key political force in the region. Realising this, the Congress entered into an alliance with the TRS in 2004 by promising to look into Telangana demand. Making an impressive debut, the TRS bagged 26 assembly and five Lok Sabha seats.
TRS then joined the Congress-led coalitions both at the centre and in the state. This was done as a part of a strategy to achieve the final goal.
Though KCR succeeded in taking the Telangana issue to the centre stage the Congress-led UPA government kept dithering on the issue without taking any decisive step.
He pulled out of coalition governments and threatened to expose the Congress for betraying people of Telangana. His decision of going for by-elections in 2008 did not work as expected as the TRS could retain only seven assembly and two Lok Sabha seats.
After TDP changed its stand on Telangana, TRS allied with TDP for the 2009 elections.
The TRS contested 50 of the 119 assembly seats in the Telangana region and won 10.
When the Supreme Court declared Hyderabad a free zone in matters of recruitment to police department, KCR launched another round of agitation by way of indefinite fast for statehood.
His deteriorating condition and massive protests across the region again forced the centre to concede the demand on Dec 9th 2009.
Though the centre backtracked, the movement for separate state had reached every home in the region.