Senior BJP leader and former minister of state in home ministry Ch Vidyasagar Rao has been nominated as the governor of Maharashtra. Rao is known as a close associate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nearly two decades.
An influential leader from the Velama community, 73-year-old Rao hails from a political family in Karimnagar district. He was instrumental in shaping up the BJP in the Telangana region. He has a sound RSS background and was opposed to the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen during his days as an MLA.
Incidentally, Rao he is the younger brother of Chennamaneni Rajeswar Rao, a prominent Communist leader and also the uncle of Chennamaneni Ramesh, a German-returned MLA of the TRS party.
Rao studied science and law at Osmania University and was a popular Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leader, who took on the Marxist and ML activists on the campus. A lawyer by profession, he was elected to Andhra Pradesh assembly three times and was the leader of BJP in the house. He was elected to 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Karimnagar as a BJP candidate.
The seasoned politician was also instrumental in introducing actor Vijayshanti to politics and BJP. He had even promoted her as the BJP Mahila wing chief but she fell out after her demand for Rajya Sabha seat was not accepted by L K Advani.
During NDA-1, senior BJP leader V Rama Rao was the governor of Mizoram. The BJP-led government had promoted veteran Satyanarayana Reddy as UP governor.The only other governors from Andhra were P S Ramamohan Rao (ex-DGP) and now K Rosaiah.