C. Vidyasagar Rao
Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao.jpg
Official Portrait, 2014
21st Governor of Maharashtra
In office
30 August 2014 – 1 September 2019
Chief Ministers
Deputy CM
Preceded byK. Sankaranarayanan
Succeeded byB. S. Koshyari
Governor of Tamil Nadu
(Additional Charge)
In office
2 September 2016 – 6 October 2017
Chief MinisterJ. Jayalalithaa
O. Panneerselvam
Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Deputy Chief MinisterO. Panneerselvam
Preceded byK. Rosaiah
Succeeded byBanwarilal Purohit
Minister of state in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
In office
29 January 2003 – 22 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded bySukhbir Singh Badal
Succeeded byJairam Ramesh
Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
In office
13 October 1999 – 29 January 2003
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
MinisterL. K. Advani
Succeeded byShakeel Ahmad
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Karimnagar
In office
Preceded byL. Ramana
Succeeded byKalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao
Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
for Metpally
In office
Personal details
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao

(1941-02-12) 12 February 1941 (age 82)
Nagaram, Karimnagar district, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseVinoda Rao
RelativesChennamaneni Rajeshwara Rao (brother)
C. H. Hanumantha Rao (brother)

Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao (born 12 February 1941) is an Indian politician from Telangana, associated with Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as Governor of Maharashtra from 2014 to 2019. As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he had served as a Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government from 1999. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998 and 1999 (13th Lok Sabha) from Karimnagar (Lok Sabha constituency).

Early life

He was born in Nagaram, Sircilla district on 12 February 1941 to C. Srinivasa Rao and Chandramma. He has three brothers. He completed his schooling in Vemulawada, PUC in Hyderabad, B.Sc. in Nanded of Maharashtra and later studied law at Osmania University.

Legal and political career

As a lawyer and politician

After completion of law, he started working as lawyer. He was elected as convener (Chairman) of Janasangh, Karimnagar in 1972. He went to jail during the emergency period. He represented the BJP in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Metpally assembly segment from 1985 to 1998 and entered into the Parliament by winning Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency in 1998 and in 1999. He was also the BJP state president in 1998. His leadership in assembly has lifted party's profile in the state. Shri Rao had been Floor Leader of his party in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for 15 years. He was successful in piloting a private member’s bill in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly that sought stringent punishment for people practicing bigamy. His Padyatra to Ichampalli in the year 1998 as the then BJP president highlighting the need to utilize Godavari waters for the needs of the people of Telangana led the Government to consider the project seriously.[citation needed]

As a minister

He was Union minister of State for Home affairs in the cabinet of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999.[1] Later, his portfolio was changed to Union Minister of state for Commerce and Industry.

As a governor

He was appointed a governor of Maharashtra on 30 August 2014. His appointment was issued by 13th President of India, Mr.Pranab Mukherjee after the resignation of K. Sankaranarayanan. His oath was administered by Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah.[2] On 26 September 2014, he accepted the resignation of Prithviraj Chavan as his party had no majority, and President's Rule was imposed on Maharashtra.[3] He held additional charge as governor of Tamil Nadu from 2 September 2016 to 6 October 2017.[4][5]

Personal life

His wife's name is Vinoda. His elder brothers are C. Rajeshwara Rao, a former Communist leader, C. Hanumantha Rao who was the chancellor of Hyderabad Central University and C. Venkateshwara Rao.


  1. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: 70-member Vajpayee ministry sworn in". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao sworn in as Maharashtra Governor". The Indian Express. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ "President's rule imposed in Maharashtra - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ Tiwari, Ravish (9 February 2017). "Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao: Lifelong Sangh man who returned from wilderness". The Economic Times. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ Nair, Sobhana K. (30 September 2017). "Banwarilal Purohit is new Governor of Tamil Nadu". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
Lok Sabha Preceded byL. Ramana Member of Parliamentfor Karimnagar 1998 – 2004 Succeeded byK. Chandrashekhar Rao Political offices Preceded byKateekal Sankaranarayanan Governor of Maharashtra 30 August 2014 – 4 September 2019 Succeeded byBhagat Singh Koshyari Preceded byKonijeti Rosaiah Governor of Tamil Nadu 2 September 2016 – 6 October 2017 Succeeded byBanwarilal Purohit