KCR AGAIN: Chandrashekar Rao sworn in as chief minister of Telangana for a second term


HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrashekar Rao was sworn in as chief minister for a second term on Thursday, and he would set his new team in place by December 18. Speculations are that some of the present council of ministers would be dumped and new faces brought in for the second term. 

KCR’s son, KT Rama Rao is expected to continue in a prominent slot, and so is Harish Rao, the CM’s nephew who handled the irrigation portfolio.

Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office to KCR, whose TRS party won the assembly polls with renewed public support, more seats and more votes this time. The swearing in took place at the auspicious hour of 1.25pm as decided by the Vedic pundits of the Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple atop the huge rock formation at Yadagiri in Bhongir district. A priest said the swearing in took place at the “Bahubali Muhurtham.”

Another cabinet minister Mohd Mahmud Ali, who functioned as deputy CM in the first term of KRC, was also sworn in anew on Thursday. 

KCR first became chief minister of Telangana after its formation in 2014. He braved criticism of perpetrating family rule and proved his public support was intact even after nearly five years of rule of the state. He dissolved the assembly and advanced elections by five months. KCR, notably, was in the forefront of the separate statehood agitation for Telangana, which was finally granted during the UPA II period. However, the Congress could not reap the benefits of that decision, as people eminently stood by KCR. 

People, cutting across communities, treat him as their elder brother. His political success is also due to the strong Muslim support he enjoys in Hyderabad and beyond. –IHN-NN
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