Telangana: KCR sworn-in, returns as CM for second straight term

kcr-swearing-in Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrashekar Rao during his swearing-in as the chief minister of Telangana, in Hyderabad

TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who led his party to a massive victory in the December 7 assembly elections, was on Thursday sworn-in as the chief minister of Telangana for a second straight term.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at a simple ceremony on the lawns of Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

Along with Rao, party MLC Mohammed Mehmood Ali, who was deputy chief minister in the previous TRS government, took oath as a minister.

Rao was unanimously elected leader of the TRS Legislature Party by the newly-elected MLAs on Wednesday.

In the December 7 elections, the TRS won 88 seats in the 119-member assembly, trouncing the Congress-led 'Praja Kutami', which ended up with a tally of 21.

The BJP won just one seat in the state.