Chiranjeevi as Statesman
Chiranjeevi served the nation as the Union Minister of State for Tourism with independent charge from 27 October 2012 – 26 May 2014. During his tenure he unveiled several initiatives not only for the promotion of tourism across the length and breadth of the country but also numerous improvements in the beauracratic processes to ease travel procedures. He initiated a series of collaborative efforts with the Home Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Chiranjeevi founded his political party ‘Praja Rajyam’ on the 26th August 2008. The party was created with the vision of social justice and to ensure equal opportunities to all sections of the society. In accordance with this vision, PRP became the first ever political party to have allocated hundred assembly seats to backward caste candidates. Within nine months his party went to win 18% of the vote share in Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections and his candidates won in 18 assembly seats. He was elected to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Tirupati in the year 2009.
On 2nd September 2010, the sudden demise of then Chief Minister YS Rajashekar Reddy in a tragic helicopter crash, threw the state into a huge turmoil and political uncertainty. To ensure a stable government and effective governance, Chiranjeevi announced the merger of Praja Rajyam party with Congress on 6th February 2011. In the year 2012 he became Member of Parliament of the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) and served as a parliamentarian for six years.
Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi held talks with Mr. Maxime Bernier, Minister of Tourism, Canada to strengthen cooperation in tourism sector especially in the field of human resource development, exchange of tour operators, investment in the tourism sector and exchange of information related to tourism sector.