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Thummala Nageswara Rao is Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) politician who has at various times been a minister in the Government of Andhra Pradesh and, later, in the Government of Telangana.
Rao was elected on three occasions to the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh as a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate from Sathupalli constituency, in 1985, 1994 and 1999.
In the 2009 elections, Rao was elected from the Khammam constituency. He contested that seat again in the elections of 2014 and lost. On that latter occasion, the election was for the Telangana Legislative Assembly due to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Having served for some time as a member of the Telangana Legislative Council, in May 2016 Rao again gained an Assembly seat when he won the Palair constituency in a by-election. On this occasion he was a TRS candidate, having switched party allegiance in September 2014.
Rao is from Gandugula Palli village of Dammapeta Mandal, Khammam district.
As a TDP MLA in the Andhra Pradesh legislature, Rao was Minor Irrigation Minister in the cabinet led by N. T. Rama Rao and held the ministerial portfolios of Prohibition and Excise, Major Irrigation, and Roads and Buildings at various times during the successive governments led by Chandrababu Naidu.
In December 2014, soon after leaving the TDP for the TRS, Rao became a minister in the TRS cabinet. He took the portfolios of Roads and Buildings, and Women and Child Development.