In less than a year, KCR will be the oldest CM in Hyderabad
Telangana Rashtra Samithi supremo K Chandrashekar Rao will set a record as longest serving Chief Minister in Hyderabad on March 14, 2023. Either way, KCR will break the record held by Telugu Desam Chairman, N Chandrababu Naidu, who served as chief minister. for 8 years, 8 months and 13 days (September 1, 1995 to May 13, 2004) in Hyderabad, which was then the seat of power of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Although Naidu also served as chief minister for a full term between 2014 and 2019, it was in the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh, thus a shrunken territory compared to the geographical area he had ruled earlier.
KCR already has many records to its credit. He is a leader who has spearheaded agitation for a separate state for the longest time – nearly 13 years – and got his party elected to power after leading the TRS to victory, fighting elections alone. He also became the first Chief Minister of Telangana and also the first to be re-elected to office in Telangana State after another round of elections, consecutively.
Although Vine believes elections could be brought forward in Telangana from dates scheduled for October 2023, they are unlikely to be held until he sets the record. If he wins a re-appointment in the election, which is likely to be hotly contested this time with clear competition between the TRS, BJP and Congress, KCR would be Hyderabad’s longest-serving chief minister for anyone. to break it.
Telangana State celebrates 8 years since its formation on June 2, 2022, and KCR, as Chief Minister for an equal number of years. Riding the juggernaut of success, KCR has, overall, delivered on most of the promises it made to the people during the 2014 and 2018 election campaign.
KCR’s vision to deliver clean water through Mission Bhageeratha to every household – over 54 lakh houses – and to extend irrigation facilities to the parched lands of Telangana has placed it in an enviable position. The TRS government could boast of having completed the magnificent Kaleshwaram multi-stage irrigation project, the largest in the world, which revolutionized the agricultural sector of the state. The state embarked on many projects to fulfill the Chief Minister’s dream of providing irrigation facilities to one crore of acres.
KCR has effectively ensured a perfect balance between development and well-being, making the best use of available resources. Proving its detractors wrong and those who presented a bleak future in Telangana, if separated, the TRS government established that the “self-reliance” of the people of Telangana would greatly benefit the state.
Development and social welfare programs have been aplenty in Telangana since KCR took office as Chief Minister. KCR’s idea of the scheme is to benefit at least one person in every household. Governance was propelled with a determined eye on results as fuel. Telangana State has been lifted to a new height in terms of economic performance, GSDP growth, peak per capita income, industrial development, effective law and order, and the list is long. Social welfare programs like Kalyana Lakshmi, Shadi Mubarak, dignified housing, KCR kits, Asara pensions (old age pensions), fishing, sheep breeding and distribution, and hordes of programs that provide two meals per day even to the poorest of the poor are all worth mentioning.
Hyderabad, a global city in the making
Hyderabad, the state capital, which accounts for a quarter of the state’s population, is indeed a ‘jewel’ in India’s crown, with the city becoming the destination for several global multinational giants to open their second largest facilities outside the United States. States of America – Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, Novartis and Micron are just a few. The government’s multi-pronged approach to making Hyderabad a global city has, of course, a very long way to go. Yet the government is taking steps to speed up the process in the right direction.
In keeping with the promise of providing a large number of employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors, the government has gone into mission mode to accomplish its task. Measures are even underway to create a regional ring road around Hyderabad which will be the hinterland of the country’s development.
Not only successes, there are also failures
Besides the large-scale successes, the government also has a few failures to look back on. He was unable to provide all the decent housing to the beneficiaries, even after 8 years in office. The government, regardless of the availability of land plots, has promised three acres of land to each Dalit family. However, this poll promise remained a pipe dream. Although KCR came to lend its shoulder to the farming community, it could not imagine the “problem of abundance when it comes to paddy farming which has left the state with a ‘laden belly’.
The financial situation of the Public Treasury is in a precarious situation, thanks to several schemes and the “deliberate non-cooperation of the Center”. Welfare schemes like ‘Dalit Bandhu’ have let the state bite off more than it can chew. However, KCR, which has a perfect command of the administration, is sparing no effort to keep the bickering opposition at a distance, which is also rushing to overthrow it.
The fourth largest contributor to India’s economy, the state of Telangana, boasts of the many achievements it has amassed under its belt, as recognition has been bestowed by the Union government, led by its pet peeve, the BJP.
Given the downsides, the TRS has tapped poll management strategists like I-PAC to infuse new thought processes to combat anti-incumbency and fortify its grassroots roots.