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Telangana BJP leader Vidyasagar Rao became Maharashtra Governor
Narendra Ch | 26 Aug 2014

Festive look seen at Telangana BJP office with its senior leader Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao was appointed as Maharashtra governor by Narendra Modi government.

This will be the first political appointment in Modi's government for the newly fored state. After its lone MP from the state Bandaru Dattatreya, who is senior BC leader, failed to get a place in the union cabinet and state president G Kishan Reddy's attempts to grab lucrative official position in the union government didn't materialize, a section of the party accusing high-command ignoring the new state.

After knowing about Vidyasagar Rao, he was falicitated at the party office and in his native Karimnagar district party cadres distributed sweets. Kishan Reddy hailing the decision felt "with his moving to Raj Bhavan, we are missing a key person in our 'mission 2019' to grap power in the state".

Rao had earlier served as Union Minister of State for Home in the NDA government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee. He was elected thrice to the undivided Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1985, 1989 and 1994 from Metpalli in his native Karimnagar district of Telangana. He was also BJP floor leader. He successfully contested the Lok Sabha poll in 1998 and was re-elected from Karimnagar in 1999 and found a berth in Vajpayee's Cabinet.

However, Rao had lost the recent Lok Sabha election from Karimnagar. He was president of the then Andhra Pradesh unit of BJP in 1999. He was member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and was elected as president of the student union at Osmania University Law College in 1972.

He was arrested under the MISA Act during the Emergency in 1975 and a played key role in the Jan Sangh and in BJP subsequently. He undertook a 'padayatra' in 1998 for construction of irrigation project on Godavari river to prevent wastage of water.Rao also led an agitation demanding official celebration of September 17 as Telangana Liberation Day (from Nizam rule).