Rise of KT Rama Rao: The man crucial to TRS’s national plans

Yashwant Sinha submitted his candidacy for the next month Presidential elections On Monday in New Delhi attended by senior opposition leaders from 16 parties. Among these leaders was the Chief Operating Officer of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) KT Rama Rao.

Commonly referred to by his initials KTR, the 45-year-old is the son of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (commonly known as KCR) who is Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) and Industries and Minister of Municipal Administration. By delegating his son not some high profile leader to an event representing the party’s significant opposition to the BJP, the chief minister indicated The importance of KTR to the party She has national ambitions.

Two months earlier, on the day of the party’s founding, the KCR, in an apparent reference to those national aspirations, called for the emergence of a “new political force”. He said the country required an alternative agenda, not new political fronts or realignment. In an hour-and-a-half speech, the KCR himself took to the national stage noting the role the TRS could play in the nation’s development, “water wars and energy sector problems” across the country, and an “alleged attack on the federal structure.”

Declaring his party’s support for Sinha, Rama Rao declared on Monday that “TRS is opposed to BJP policy”. He added, “Leaders like Sharad Pawar and Mamata Banerjee called us and spoke to us. To protect democracy in the country, we will support Yashwant Sinha.”

At the event in Delhi, KTR networked with senior leaders such as Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav, and Rahul Gandhi as they accompanied Sinha in presenting nomination papers. This was the minister’s first participation in a major event in the national capital featuring prominent opposition figures.

Like his father, KTR was equally critical of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While CM takes shots at the PM in public speeches and press conferences, KTR’s favorite tool is social media. In April, he ruled out Federal Home Minister Amit Shah’s comments regarding Hindi as an alternative to English. He said the “chauvinism of language and hegemony” would backfire and would be “great damage to the imposition of Hindi” on the nation’s youth with global aspirations.

Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Socialist Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and other opposition leaders presenting his nomination papers for the presidential election at Parliament House in New Delhi. (PTI)

On Monday, the minister asked the BJP to issue a white paper on the funds provided by the center to Telangana. KTR said the BJP should release the white paper before its national executive meeting in Hyderabad on 2 and 3 July. And what about all the other promises that were made during the bifurcation of the state? The BJP leaders should tell us what they have given Telangana.”

KCR launched the TRS in 2001, and KTR took off into electoral politics eight years later by successfully competing from the Sircilla Association constituency. He won four times from there, including a people game. He said two postgraduate degrees – MSc in Biotechnology and MBA – are credited with turning Hyderabad into an IT hub to rival Bengaluru. Hyderabad’s IT sector expanded significantly during his tenure (this is his second assignment as Minister of Information Technology in the state). The minister was instrumental in launching the business incubator T-hub (Technology Hub) in the city in 2015. His IT policies have also encouraged companies to set up branches in second-tier cities, including Warangal.

During his tenure as Minister of Industries, Telangana topped the ease of doing business index, particularly since the introduction of the Telangana State Industrial Project Approval System and Self Certification (TS-iPASS) which provides easy permitting for industrial projects. Last year, Kerala-based Kitex Group announced an investment of nearly Rs 1,000 crore in Warangal.

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