Telanganas new first family: KCR, son, daughter, nephew

Hyderabad | Updated: Jul 31 2013, 17:23pm hrs
On April 27, 2001, K Chandrasekhara Rao founded the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to lead the Telangana movement. While the party had a good start, its popularity soon seemed to wane. But with the region getting separate statehood, KCR has been catapulted to the position of the most powerful political leader in the proposed new state, assisted by many members of his family.

KCR depends on his son, K Taraka Rama Rao, 38, an MLA from Sircilla in Karimnagar district, to take care of the party's day-to-day affairs. Despite being the second-in-command, Rama Rao, who earlier worked as a techie in US, maintains a low profile. He deals with the Telangana Joint Action Committee and directs the TRS's participation in the agitation. "We welcome the announcement. But we are still skeptical and will remain so till parliament passes Telangana state,'' said Rama Rao on Tuesday.

KCR's nephew T Harish Rao, 40, MLA from Siddipet, is the party's most visible face during agitations, courting arrests and clashing with the police. He is very vocal, and was seen as KCR's successor till 2009, when the TRS chief launched his son, followed by his daughter K Kavita. Harish Rao, who is very popular among TRS activists, took that in his stride.

Kavita, 35, is the founder of Telangana Jagruti, which promotes cultural activities and integrates women into the Telangana agitation. She is a strong contender for the position that Vijayashanthi occupied. Kavita sidelined Vijayashanthi by actively participating in the Telangana protests, often braving police lathis and courting arrest. She is likely to enter the poll fray

next year.

While the family's fortunes are now on the upswing, it wasn't always this way. Soon after the launch of his party, KCR, who was earlier with the TDP, quickly occupied the sentimental space in Telangana, which he converted into political gains. Within three years, the party was ready for elections.