Dattanna (Bandaru Dattatreya) Becomes First Telangana Central Minister after Telangana state formation, Bandaru Dattatreya being sworn in as minister of state with independent charge.

The 67 year old Dattatraya from Old city of Hyderabad belongs to a backward class and had already served as Union minister of State twice in the past. He is modest, simple, soft-spoken and down-to-earth nature and came up in his political career by dint of hard work and serving the poor. He is the only representative from Telangana in the Union cabinet. Born on June 12, 1947, Dattatreya is a science graduate. He joined RSS in 1965 and worked as Pracharak from 1968 to 1989.

Dattanna Becomes First Telangana Central MinisterMr Dattatreya, the lone BJP MP from Telangana, has promised to fight for protecting the rights of both Telangana and the residuary AP.

The 68-year-old MP was sworn-in by President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday afternoon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his New Cabinet for the first time after he assumed office on May 26, this year.

After taking oath as minister, Mr Dattatreya, whose portfolio is not yet known, thanked Mr Modi and the BJP for choosing him to be part of the Union Cabinet and representing Telangana.

Meanwhile, Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreya said his earlier experience as MoS in the Vajpayee Cabinet a decade ago would come in handy in his new assignment.

“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the confidence he has reposed on me. I had worked at the Centre as MoS under Vajpayee Ji. I will work hard to ensure that I fulfil the responsibilities given to me,” he told reporters here.

The only minister in the Union Cabinet representing Telangana, Mr Dattatreya was cautious in commenting on the issue and said that he would work for both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

“I will fight for the rights of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Telugu people live in both states. I will fight for both states,” he said.