Amid the uproar in Tamil Nadu politics, the man who has shot to fame is the acting Governor of the state and Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.
Amid the uproar in Tamil Nadu politics, the man who has shot to fame is the acting Governor of the state and Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. He started his career as an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist and has been associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) throughout his political career. Rao has also served as the Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP regime in 1999. He was also elected to the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Karimnagar district in Telangana. After joining the ABVP, Rao became a Jan Sangh leader who was thrice elected to the undivided Andhra Pradesh assembly and later to the Lok Sabha.
Rao was given the gubernatorial position of Maharashtra in 2014 after the resignation of K Sankaranarayanan after PM Narendra Modi came to powrer at the Centre. He also holds additional charge as governor of Tamil Nadu.
He represented the BJP in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Metpally assembly segment from 1985 to 1998 and entered into the Parliament by winning Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency in 1998 and in 1999. Rao was also the BJP state president in 1998. His leadership in assembly has lifted party’s profile in the state.
Rao had been Floor Leader of his party in the State Legislative Assembly for about15 years. He was successful in piloting a private member’s bill in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly that sought stringent punishment for people practicing bigamy. Soon after completing his LLB, Rao started practicing as a lawyer. He was elected as the Chairman of Janasangh, Karimnagar in 1972. Rao has also contributed during the emergency period and have been to jail for protests and rallies.
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Being an active ABVP member, Rao was elected as the President of Osmania University students union. Here Rao opposed extreme Leftwing activists. Many BJP leaders who knew him in his early days of politics says that he has always been a BJP loyalist and even survived a bid on his life by Naxalites in the early 70s, but did not step back with his commitment to saffron politics.
Born in 1942, Rao belongs from a very influential family in Karimnagar of northern Telangana. He has two elder brothers, one is the former CPI general secretary Rajeshwar Rao and the other is former Planning Commission member Hanumantha Rao are his brothers.
Currently, Rao is playing a pivotal role and will have to decide whom to pick as the next Tamil Nadu CM. Since O Panneerselvam’s resignation and the impending anointment of Sasikala has been shelved due to the uncertainty as to which AIADMK faction has more MLAs, it will be Rao who will need to break the deadlock. As per reports, he has been accused of implementing the BJP government’s ‘plan’ to destabilise the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu.