K Chandrasekhar Rao Sworn in as First Chief Minister of Telangana
Telangana becomes India's 29th state. K Chandrasekhar Rao to be sworn in as its first chief minister.
K Chandrasekhar Rao took oath of office on Monday morning as the first chief minister of Telangana, India's 29th state, created at midnight yesterday by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
As KCR was sworn in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "India gets a new state! We welcome Telangana as our 29th state...Congrats to K Chandrasekhar Rao Garu on taking oath as Telangana's 1st CM. My best wishes to people for the state's development journey."
Mr Rao or KCR as he is popularly known as, took oath along with 12 ministers, including his son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao.
At midnight, India got its 29th state in the form of Telangana, which has been carved out of Andhra Pradesh after decades of struggle.
The supporters of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has been at the forefront of the movement to create a separate Telangana state, have planned grand celebrations; the city of Hyderabad has turned pink, the colour of the TRS.
TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao will take oath at 8:15 am as Telangana's first chief minister, at the Raj Bhavan, possibly along with a 12 to 15 member cabinet.
The TRS won 62 of the 119 seats in the newly formed Telangana Assembly
KCR is expected to formally take charge at 12:52 pm. A first cabinet meeting will follow at which the chief minister will approve Telangana's new logo - one with the Kakatiya Gate and Charminar on it
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has been at the forefront of the movement to create a Telangana state
People celebrating the formation of Telangana, India's 29th state, in Hyderabad
People dance and celebrate the formation of Telangana - India's 29th state
Grand celebrations in Hyderabad over the formation of India's 29th state - Telangana