HYDERABAD: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who turned 61 on Tuesday, celebrated the occasion in Mumbai in the presence of Maharashtra governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and some of his ministerial colleagues and party leaders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu were among those who wished Rao on his birthday.
According to an official release, Narendra Modi called up Rao, who is in Mumbai, on Tuesday morning and wished him on his birthday. Greetinags from TS governor ESL Narasimhan and Naidu over phone followed.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis too wished Rao on his birthday.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who hails from Karimnagar, organised a party for Rao in Raj Bhavan there. Rao cut a cake on the occasion. Later, Rao went to the famous Siddivinayaka temple in Mumbai and offered prayers.
Back in Hyderabad, the TRS leaders and workers organised several programmes to celebrate the occasion. Rao’s daughter and Nizamabd MP K Kavitha and minister G Jagadish Reddy cut a cake at the party office on the occasion.
They lauded the efforts of Rao in achieving separate statehood for Telangana. Equalling Rao with Mahatma Gandhi, Kavitha said Gandhi fought relentlessly for getting independence to the nation while Rao fought for separate Telangana.
Though Rao was not present in the state, the city roads, more particularly near the CM’s camp office, Secretariat and others, were filled with flexies and banners erected by party leaders and activists wishing Rao on his birthday.