Twelve Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislators, including party chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, were sworn in as ministers in the first ever Telangana government on Monday.
Supporters of Telangana hold a balloon with an image of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao during celebrations.(Noah Saleem/AFP Photo)
But the cheers, claps and whistles of the party supporters, breaking the decorum of the Raj Bhavan, went soaring when three people came to take oath - KCR, his son K Tarakarama Rao and nephew Tanneeru Harish Rao.
KCR's family now constitutes a fourth of the cabinet with TDP leaders terming it a family pack.
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However, for many in the state well versed with the TRS's organisation structure, the inclusion of family members came as no shocker at all. "In fact, it would have been a surprise if KCR kept his family out of his cabinet," remarks a government official at the swearing in ceremony.
The party has often been accused of being run as a family affair. In his poll campaign for the TDP-BJP, film-actor-turned politician Pawan Kalyan had targeted the KCR family over the issue.
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"Is it not true that I, my son, daughter and nephew suffered for sake of Telangana facing jail and all?" retorted KCR adding that family rule in politics were fine as long as individuals were qualified for the job - knowledgeable, with an orientation to serve.
Sources also point to KCR's decision of rejecting merger, alliance with the Congress (after theTelangana bill passage) as a result of the family's insistence.
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KCR is an MLA from Gajwel, Tarakarama from Sircilla and Harish from Siddipet. KCR's daughter K Kavitha, who had run a non-political Telangana forum in the past, is now a Lok Sabha MP from Nizamabad.
The party also looks like is run more from KCR's home than the TRS headquarters. Following the party's victory in the assembly polls, activists, officials and businessmen flocked the family home in Banjara Hills rather than the party office a mere kilometre away.
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