Telangana Rashtra Samithi

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (abbreviated as TRS) is an Indian regional political party based in Telangana. It was founded on 27 April 2001 by K. Chandrashekar Rao, with a single-point agenda of creating a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital.[8] It has been instrumental in carrying forth a sustained agitation for the granting of statehood to Telangana.[9]

Telangana Rashtra Samithi
PresidentK. Chandrashekar Rao
Lok Sabha leaderNama Nageswara Rao
Rajya Sabha leaderK. Keshava Rao
FounderK. Chandrashekar Rao
Founded27 April 2001 (2001-04-27)
Split fromTelugu Desam Party
HeadquartersBanjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Student wingTRS Vidyarthi (TRSV)[1]
Economic liberalism[4]
Political positionCentre-right[2][3]
ECI StatusState Party[7]
AllianceNational Democratic Alliance (Till 2009) Third Front(Since 2009)
National convenerK. Chandrashekar Rao
Seats in Lok Sabha
9 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
6 / 245
Seats in Telangana Legislative Assembly
104 / 120
Seats in Telangana Legislative Council
26 / 40
Election symbol

In the 2014 Telangana Assembly Election, the party won the majority of seats and formed the first Government in Telangana State. K. Chandrashekar Rao became the Chief Minister of Telangana. In the 2014 general election they have won 11 seats, making it the eighth largest party in Lok Sabha. It also won 3 seats in Rajya Sabha.


K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), the founder and president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi, was a member of the Telugu Desam Party until he quit the party due to differences with Nara Chandrababu Naidu about Telangana and formed the TRS in 2001 at Hyderabad.[10] He quit the Membership of AP Legislative Assembly and the post of Deputy Speaker of AP Legislature while floating the Party. The party initially won one-third of Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) and one-quarter of Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) in Siddipet within sixty days of the formation of the party.[11]


In the 2004 assembly elections, the TRS formed an alliance with Indian National Congress and won 26 state assembly seats and also won 5 parliament seats at the national level. It joined the governments at both state and central level. In September 2006 the party withdrew support for the central government on the grounds of indecision by the government over the delivery of its electoral promise to create Telangana. When the Central government failed to deliver Telangana, the party withdrew support from the government.[8] On 13 September 2006, Rao triggered a by-election in his Lok Sabha constituency of Karimnagar, claiming provocation from one of the Congress MLA. He won the subsequent by-election with a strong majority. All TRS MLAs and MPs resigned their positions in April 2008 when the Central government did not meet their demand for a separate state in its latest budget session for the 5-year term. The by-election was held on 29 May 2008.[9] In the by-elections, 2008, TRS won 7 out of the 16 assembly segments and 2 out of the 4 loksabha segments that it resigned, a significant defeat for the party. TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao offered to resign after he lost a number of seats in by-elections but remained in office. In 2009, TRS formed an alliance with TDP and contested 45 Assembly and 9 Parliament seats to win only 10 Assembly and 2 parliament seats. That was considered another major defeat.

After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, and the creation of separate Telangana state, TRS won 64 out of 110 seats contested and formed government. The TRS Government headed by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on 6 September 2018 dissolved the Legislative Assembly, the first after the formation of Telangana, to pave for early elections in the state.[12]


TRS Party president K Chandrasekhar Rao announced a schedule for the membership drive, which began on 3 February 2015, and elections to party committees from the village level. After a spectacular victory in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, The TRS Party is now focused on strengthening it in the state.

KCR said the TRS Membership Drive 2015[13] would continue till 20 February. Elections to party committees at different levels would be held during March and April.

TRS party officially started registration process to get membership from 3 February 2015.[14]

2014 Elections

In the 2014 Assembly and National Elections, TRS did not align with NDA or UPA and fought the elections on its own. TRS, which led the campaign for a separate State for more than a decade, emerged victorious by winning 11 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats and 63 of the 119 Assembly seats, and emerged as the party with the largest vote share in Telangana. The TRS’ campaign had no other stars except KCR who addressed over 300 public meetings, heli-hopping around and often addressing more than 10 meetings in a single day. The TRS not only retained its north Telangana stronghold but also made inroads in south Telangana, a Congress bastion.[15]

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, has taken oath as the first Chief Minister of the new state of Telangana on 2 June 2014.

2018 Elections

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has announced a list of 104 candidates for elections after dissolving the state assembly on 6 September 2018 won the assembly elections with massive majority.[16] Won with 88 constituency seats which is more than 70% of 119 seats.

Chief Ministers

Chief Ministers of Telangana

No Name Term of office Days in office
1 Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao(KCR) 2 June 2014 Incumbent 5 years, 199 days

Deputy Chief Ministers of Telangana

No Name Term of office Days in office
1 Md. Mahmood Ali 2 June 2014 6 September 2018 1557
2 T. Rajaiah 2 June 2014 25 January 2015 237
3 Kadiyam Srihari 25 January 2015 6 September 2018 1320

Election results

Assembly Election Results
Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Forfeited Deposits
2004 Assembly 26 54 17[17]
2008 Assembly (By) 7 16 2[18]
2009 Assembly 10 45 13[19]
2010 Assembly (By) 11 11 0
2011 Assembly (By) 1 1 0
2012 Assembly (By) 5 5 0
2012 Assembly (By) 1 1 0
2014 Assembly 64 110 0
2016 Assembly (By) 1 1 0
2016 Assembly (By) 1 1 0
2018 Assembly 88 119 0
Parliament Election Results
Year Election Seats Won Seats Contested Forfeited Deposits
2004 Parliament 5 22[20] 17
2008 Parliament (By) 2 4 0
2009 Parliament 2 9 1[21]
2014 Parliament 11 17 0[21]
2014 Parliament (By) 1 1 0
2015 Parliament (By) 1 1 0
2019 Parliament 9 17 0

See also


  1. "KCR to give key posts for TRSV student leaders". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. "Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)". Retrieved 20 July 2018. The political position of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi is Centre-Left and it operates on the political ideologies of Regionalism and Conservatism.
  3. "Andhra Pradesh Telangana Rashtra Samithi". India Mapped. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  4. "'BLF to challenge TRS, BJP's neo-liberal agenda'". The Hindu. speakers expressed their firm belief in a Bahujan Left Front (BLF) to bring an end to the pro-liberal economic policies of Telangana Rashtra Samithi government.
  5. "PM only paying lip-service to federalism: TRS". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. "One year of Telangana a mixed bag for KCR". The Tribune. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by Chandrasekhar Rao, took over the reins of the new state amid euphoria and high expectations. ... Blending boldness with populism, KCR has earned the reputation for being a tough task master
  7. "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  8. "The Hindu : Telangana finds a new man and moment".
  9. "Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) – Party History, Symbol, Founders, Election Results and News".
  10. The Hindu : Telangana finds a new man and moment. (2001-05-19). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
  11. "Timeline - Telangana Rashtra Samithi". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  12. "Telangana Assembly dissolved; Stage set for early polls in Telangana". 6 September 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  13. Telangana (4 February 2015). "How To Join TRS Party - Telangana State".
  14. News, Telangana (4 February 2015). "How To Join Telangana Rashtra Samithi".
  15. "TRS wins Telangana". Hyderabad, India: Deccan-Journal. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  16. "KCR announces TRS list of 105 candidates for Telangana Elections 2019". 6 September 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  17. Front Page : TRS receives a setback in by-polls. The Hindu (2008-06-02). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.

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