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POSITIONS HELD [ Telugu ]
  • Elected twice as President, Osmania Students Union, Osmania University.

  • 1965-71 President, Andhra Pradesh Youth Congress

  • 1969-72 General Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee

  • 1969-84 Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (four terms)

  • 1984 Elected to 8th Lok Sabha

  • 1990-96 and 1997-98 Member, Rajya Sabha

  • 1991-1992 Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha

  • 1997-98 Union Cabinet Minister, Information and Broadcasting

  • 1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha

  • 1998-99 Member, Committee on Finance

  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance

  • 1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

  • Member, Committee on Finance

  • Member, Joint Committee on Patents (Second Amendment) Bill, 1999

  • 2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Power

  • 2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)

  • 2004-2005 Union Cabinet Minister, Information and Broadcasting and Culture

  • 2009-2014 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (5th term)

  • Union Cabinet Minister for Urban Development from 2005 to 2010.

  • Vice President, Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation & Management.

  • Union Cabinet Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas from 2011 to 2012.

  • At present he is holding the post of Union Cabinet Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences from 2013.