Focus on minorities as AP set to rejig cabinet
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.