Name : KALVAKUNTLA TARAKA RAMARAO (KTR)
Date of birth : 24-07-1976
Parents : K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Sobha
Place of birth : Siddipet, Medak district
Spouse : Shailima
children : Himansu, Alekhya
Political Background >
Immediately after finishing his education, KTR. began his stint as an IT professional and interned at the shipping and ocean logistics firm INTTRA Inc at Madison Avenue, New York till 2006. He resigned from job and came back to India in the same year and joined Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) party which was founded by his father K. Chandrasekhar Rao. He campaigned Lok Sabha elections for his father during 2006 when he contested from Karimnagar and got political experience by touring other constituencies also. He tested waters to pursue active politics by contesting from Sircilla constituency for the first time in the year 2009 and won with very close margin of 171 votes against his Independent opponent K.K. Mahender Reddy. He resigned from Legislative Assembly along with 10 other ministers and subsequently the High Court of AP ordered the Election Commission of India to conduct by-polls to several assembly segments in Telangana. He contested again from Sircilla against the same opponent K.K. Mahender Reddy who joined Congress, with huge margin of 68, 219 votes.
He took up Telangana statehood issue as his main agenda along with his father KCR, sister Kavitha and uncle Mr. Harish Rao and organized several agitations including rail roko, blockade of roads and he was arrested for three-day rial roko agitation in October, 2011 by then Congress government led by N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Later, he voiced out demand for Telangana loudly by sending a strong warning to then UPA government at Center, which announced process of give shape to new state of Telangana that "Telangana without Hyderabad is not at all acceptable". He contested again in 2014 elections after the announcement of formation of new Telangana state, from same Siricilla constituency. He won against Konduri Ravinder Rao of Congress with a margin of 53 thousand votes.
After formation of first Telangana government, he was inducted as Cabinet minister to handle important portfolios like IT, municipal administration, industries and other portfolios. His concentration on rural health, nutrition and drinking water are yielding good results to make "Bangaru Telangana"-dream of KCR to realty.
Development activities: Sircilla is known for hand-loom weavers and the number of suicides by the weaving community was more till 2009. KCR's initiatives to bring down these suicides has shown remarkable results including embarking upon taking "Odarpu Yatra" in the year 2010 to console 600 families of weavers who committed suicide. He designed special schemes like setting up Apparel Park, worker to owner, exclusive insurance scheme, subsidy on yarn and others.
Business & Properties >
Businesses: No businesses directly, but having investments in industries, firms which were not declared publicly
Assets, liabilities: As per the affidavit filed during 2014 elections his assets were Rs.7 crore and liabilities were Rs.2 crore.
Interesting info >
Though he is firm on contesting from Sircilla again, the political situation in Telangana, which may go for early elections by dissolving the Assembly, may send him to another constituency.