Telangana CM KCR may now be a firebrand leader of the TRS party. But he was once a proactive member of the legendary actor and former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh NT Ramarao-led Telugu Desam Party and even served as a minister in NTR's cabinet. KCR's admiration for the late CM is such that he named his son KTR after NT Ramarao. On many occasions, KCR recollected his fond association with NT Ramarao. Recently, KCR once again recollected NTR's great leadership and administrative skills during one of TRS meetings.
KCR said that it was NT Ramarao who introduced the mandal system and that he was part of the committee that was formed by NTR to formulate the mandal system. KCR said that NTR faced strong opposition to his proposed mandal system. The Telangana CM further said that NTR went ahead with the setting up of mandal system despite opposition to enable better administration for the welfare of Telugu people. Soon, NTR's mandal system became a huge success and paved a red carpet for the BC, SC and STs and even women.