Profile of His Excellency Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
His Excellency the Acting Governor of Tamil Nadu and Chancellor of Mother Teresa Women's University




Assumed Office On: September 02,2016


Origins and Education

He was born in Nagaram Karimnagar on 4 February 1942 to C. Srinivasa Rao and Chanddramma, in a Velama Dora Family. He had three brothers. He completed his schooling in Vemulawad, 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.

As a Minister       

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

As a Governor     

He was appointed as Governor of Maharashtra on 30 August 2014.  


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