June 2 marks a momentous occasion for Telangana as the State celebrates its 10th Formation Day. Adding to the significance, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is all set to achieve a remarkable feat by becoming the longest-serving Telugu Chief Minister, serving uninterruptedly for nine years on June 2, 2023.

This record-breaking accomplishment surpasses the tenure of any previous Telugu Chief Minister, even during the Hyderabad State and erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh. Furthermore, with numerous surveys predicting a resounding victory for the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) in the upcoming Assembly elections, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is on the brink of setting another record by becoming Chief Minister for three consecutive terms, a first in South India.

Reflecting on the historical context, Tanguturi Prakasam served as the Chief Minister of the Madras Presidency for 10 months during the days of the Madras Presidency. Following the formation of united Andhra Pradesh, the first Chief Minister, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, held

office for three years.

Former Chief Ministers Kasu Brahmananda Reddy served for 7.7 years, Chandrababu Naidu for 8.3 years and YS Rajasekhara Reddy for 5.3 years. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who assumed office on June 2, 2014, will complete nine years in office on June 2, 2023.

Rao is also on the verge of surpassing another milestone. In South India, Kumaraswami Kamaraj holds the record for the longest-serving Chief Minister of Madras State, serving uninterruptedly for 9.5 years from April 13, 1954, to October 2, 1963. Considering the upcoming State Assembly elections in December this year, if there are no early elections and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao completes his full term, he will achieve 9.7 uninterrupted years of service.

Notably, in the 58-year history of united Andhra Pradesh, no party has been elected to power for three consecutive terms. With the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) having high chances of scoring a hat-trick in the next Assembly elections, a new record is likely to be set.
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