Hyderabad: K Chandrashekar Rao has been sworn-in as Telangana chief minister for the second straight term, two days after Assembly election results handed his Telangana Rashtra Samiiti a thumping majority.
Rao, or KCR as he is popularly known, took the oath at Raj Bhavan at exactly 1:25 pm, an auspicious moment as per the TRS leader’s astrologers.
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.
KCR had relied heavily on his astrologers during the entire campaign, right from the date when he announced the snap polls and the dissolution of the Telangana Assembly. He had dissolved the Assembly on September 6 and during campaigning had driven in cars whose number plates added to 6.
In December 2015, he held a huge yagna presided over by 1,000 priests who chanted mantras for Aayatha Chandi Yaga for 10 days straight. Many offerings were made and several high-profile political leaders were invited. Officially, Rs 7 crore was spent on the 10-day event though some estimates say it was much higher.
In October the following year, he spent Rs 3.7 crore on gifting an 11-kg gold crown to goddess Bhadrakali in Warangal. He also gifted gold and jewellery ornaments worth crores to several other temples in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, claiming to fulfil his vows during the Telangana movement seeking statehood.
He also found problems with the vastu of the existing state secretariat, which he claimed was not lucky for him. The existing building, he said, had a lot of ‘vastu problems’. In order tide over bad vastu vibes, KCR appointed a government architect and vaastu expert to advise on designs and renovation of office and residential buildings.