Fo­cus on mi­nori­ties as AP set to re­jig cab­i­net

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE much-talked-about Cab­i­net ex­pan­sion is all set to take place on No­vem­ber 11 as Chief Min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu is learnt to have de­cided to give rep­re­sen­ta­tion to Mus­lim Mi­nori­ties and STs in the coun­cil of min­is­ters.

Be­sides ex­pan­sion, re­li­able sources say that there is pos­si­bil­ity of chang­ing port­fo­lios of the some of the min­is­ters and the all im­por­tant med­i­cal and health depart­ment, which is be­ing han­dled by Chan­drababu Naidu, will get a new min­is­ter. Med­i­cal and health port­fo­lio was ear­lier held by BJP MLA Kami­neni Srini­vas, but it fell va­cant af­ter the BJP pulled out of the gov­ern­ment af­ter the TDP snapped ties with the NDA.

Ac­cord­ing to in­di­ca­tions from of­fi­cial cir­cles, se­nior TDP leader and Chair­man of the AP Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil NMD Fa­rooq and Ki­dari Sra­van, son of Araku for­mer MLA Ki­dari Sarveswara Rao who was gunned down by Maoists in Septem­ber, are go­ing to be in­ducted into the State Cab­i­net.

Sources said Fa­rooq would be given Mi­nor­ity Wel­fare depart­ment, which is cur­rently with the Chief Min­is­ter, and Sra­van will be given the Tribal Wel­fare af­ter tak­ing away the re­spon­si­bil­ity from So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Nakka Anand Babu.

It is learnt that the com­mu­ni­ca­tion to this ef­fect has been sent to Raj Bha­van in Hy­der­abad.

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