Hyderabad: TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana for a second consecutive term on Thursday, after the party registered a landslide victory in the recently held Assembly Elections 2018. Reports suggest that Laxmi Narayan Acharya, the chief priest of the Yadadri temple, had advised KCR to take oath at 1.24 PM.
The newly elected legislators of TRS on Wednesday elected KCR their leader at a meeting held at the Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters.
Earlier, the TRS chief had said that he would try to give representation to all sections in the cabinet. The state can have a maximum of 18 members in the cabinet due to the Constitutional restriction. He, however, felt that the cabinet size was proving insufficient and there was a need to increase the numbers.
In the Telangana Assembly Election 2018, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly, just two short of a three-fourths majority. Rao (64) himself won by a margin of over 51,000 votes from his Gajwel seat, trouncing V Pratap Reddy of the Congress.
The Praja Kutami (Peoples Front), a 4-party opposition alliance led by the Congress that included Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, CPI and the newly formed Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS), cut a sorry figure together winning 21 seats. The Congress had just 19 seats in its kitty, two less than what it won in the last polls, while the TDP could win only two against its tally of 15 seats in 2014. The two other coalition partners failed to open their account.
A total of 1,821 candidates were in the fray for the Assembly elections in Telangana. The state recorded a voter turnout of over 73 per cent.