Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, also known as KCR, was born on Feb 17, 1954. Orginally a member of the Telugu Desam Party, he founded the Telegana Rashtra Party for the cause of a separate Telangana state.
Apart from being the president of TRS, he is currently a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India and represents the Mahaboobnagar constituency of Andra Pradesh. He is also an active member of the Velama community and has served as the cabinet minister for Labour and Employment.
KCR was a member of the TDS in the 90s and was made the deputy speaker after the 1999 elctions,went against his hope for a ministerial post. He quit TDS in 2001 to start TRS. Gradually, a strong feeling of alienation that Telangana was far less developed than the rest of Andra started sinking in. In 2004 elections, YS Rajasekhara Reddy gave his support to KCR for the cause but soon got coldfeet. This triggered resginations of TRS MLAs. Soon after this, KCR also gave up his union post.
In the 2004 general elections, TRS won five MP seats elections in alliance with Congress party. TRS was part of the UPA government until they had conflict in thoughts regarding the issue of a separate Telanagna state.