Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy, the returning officer for the election, announced the unanimous election at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters in upmarket Banjara Hills area at 9:55 AM. Celebrations broke out immediately after the announcement as hundreds of party workers burst crackers, distributed sweets and raised slogans hailing the Chief Minister, popularly known as KCR. Earlier, twelve different sets of nomination papers were filled by MLAs, MPs, district party presidents, MLCs and corporation chairpersons and chairpersons of agriculture market committees.
“The unanimous election took place in a peaceful atmosphere with all party leaders, cadres and workers whole-heartedly supporting KCR’s candidature. I thank all the party cadres and workers for cooperating in the election process,” Narasimha Reddy said.
KCR’s election as TRS president comes an hour ahead of the party’s plenary session being held in grand manner in suburban Kompally. The plenary session would chalk out the road-map for the way forward to place the State in a higher orbit of development.
KCR launched the TRS in 2001 after quitting his post as the Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly in undivided Andhra Pradesh, and has since been re-elected unanimously in all party elections. Taking over the reins of India’s youngest State in 2014 after leading the separate Statehood movement for 14 years, KCR has been consistently topping the charts as the most popular chief minister in the country in polls conducted by various media houses and organisations in the past three years. Besides, the various developmental and welfare schemes launched by the TRS government including its flagship programmes Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhagiratha and two-bedroom housing scheme for the poor have attracted wide attention not only within the country but also abroad. In fact, at least eight States in the country are keen on replicating Mission Kakatiya and other welfare initiatives touching all sections of society.
KCR’s unwavering focus has been on overall development of the State, people’s welfare, empowerment of weaker sections, minorities and women, and strengthening of the rural economy coupled with accelerated and planned development of urban areas. That the State pole-vaulted to the top of the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ (EoDB) index within just two years speaks volumes of the progressive approach it has adopted to make it a favourite investment destination. KCR’s ultimate aim is to convert the Telangana State, once a barren and neglected region, into “Bangaru Telangana” (Golden Telangana) in the shortest possible time span.