Gajwel: With the TRS sweeping the 2018 Assembly polls and TRS Legislature Party unanimously electing K Chandrashekhar Rao as the TRSLP leader, the party president is all set to become the Chief Minister for a second term.
What is significant is that in less than 50 days into his second term, he will break a rare record. He will become the longest-serving Telangana leader to occupy the Chief Minister’s post ever. In the 58 years of undivided Andhra Pradesh, AP rulers had ruled the State for 48 years while four Telangana CMs were in power for just 10 years 195 days.
While Chandrashekhar Rao occupied the post for 1,653 days as on December 12, Jalagam Vengal Rao served as the Chief Minister for 1,547 days (1973-78). However, Burugula Ramakrishna Rao, who was the only elected Chief Minister of Hyderabad State, had occupied the post for 1,701 days (1952 to 56) until the formation of AP on November 1, 1956. Rao will equal his record on January 29, 2019, just 48 days into his second term.
After the Telangana region’s merger with Andhra, only four Telangana leaders out of 16 got elected as CMs but none could hold the post for more time than Ramakrishna Rao. Marri Channa Reddy, who was CM twice, had remained in power for only 1,329 days. He is also the last politician from Telangana to hold the CM’s post from 1989-90s. Though the Telugu Desam ruled the State for 16 years 89 days, only NT Rama Rao, founder of the party, and his son-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu, shared power.