Kcr Likely to ex­pand cabi­net on fri­day

Ex­pected to in­duct 8-10 faces ,apart from 6-8 Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­taries.

The Sunday Guardian - - NATION - S. RAMA KR­ISHNA HYDERABAD

Te­lan­gana Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao (KCR) is likely to ex­pand his sin­gle min­is­ter Cabi­net on 18 Jan­uary. He is ex­pected to in­duct eight to 10 faces in the Cabi­net, along with six to eight Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­taries. While se­niors will be made min­is­ters, first-timers would be taken into as Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­taries.

KCR has set a muhurth (aus­pi­cious time) to fill all im­por­tant posts only after Sankranti, that is on 14-15 Jan­uary, con­sid­ered to be the be­gin­ning of the aus­pi­cious pe­riod. After win­ning the Assembly elections on 11 De­cem­ber last year, KCR was sworn in as the Chief Min­is­ter along with only one min­is­ter—mo­ham­mad Mah­mood Ali, who got the Home port­fo­lio on 13 De­cem­ber. The Te­lan­gana Assembly ses­sion will be held from 17 to 20 Jan­uary.

As per the norms of the ad­min­is­tra­tive reforms panel, Te­lan­gana, with 120 MLAS (in­clud­ing one nom­i­nated MLA from the An­glo-in­dian com­mu­nity), can only have 18 min­is­ters, in­clud­ing the Chief Min­is­ter. Now that TRS has won 88 seats and two In­de­pen­dents have joined it later, KCR is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to ac­com­mo­date many se­niors and first­timers who de­feated many se­nior Congress lead­ers.

KCR will also have to se­lect can­di­dates for the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, be­sides one Chief Whip and three whips who all en­joy Cabi­net rank. In ad­di­tion to this, the Chief Min­is­ter is plan­ning to bring in an or­di­nance to in­tro­duce the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary sys­tem on the lines of the one in Delhi, Jhark­hand and a few other states.

The prob­lem of the Chief Min­is­ter is that he has his plate full this time as many TRS MLCS from the Leg­isla­tive Council, too, are ex­pect­ing min­is­te­rial berths. In the 40-mem­ber Leg­isla­tive Council, TRS has 38 mem­bers, so the CM will have to con­sider a to­tal 127 MLAS and MLCS from his party for a limited num­ber of eight to 10 min­is­ters he in­tends to take. The Speaker’s post falls va­cant as the in­cum­bent S. Mad­husud­hana Chary had lost the elec­tion from his Bhoopala­pally seat, along with four min­is­ters of the last Cabi­net—ju­pally Kr­ishna Rao, Tum­mala Nageswara Rao, A. Chan­du­lal and P. Ma­hen­der Reddy. Now KCR is con­sid­er­ing pro­mot­ing Deputy Speaker Padma Deven­der Reddy as the Speaker, but she ap­pears to be re­luc­tant to take it up.

KCR is keen on field­ing for­mer agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Pocharam Srini­vas Reddy or for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Etele Ra­jen­der or Ma­habubabad (ST) MLA D.S. Red­dya Naik for the post; they, too, are learnt to be not in­ter­ested in the post as they pre­fer min­is­te­rial berths.

When it comes to the for­ma­tion of the Cabi­net of TRS, all eyes are on two faces: KCR’S son and TRS work­ing pres­i­dent K.T. Rama Rao (KTR) and his nephew T. Har­ish Rao, on whether they will be in­ducted or not. After KCR, these two are seen as im­por­tant lead­ers in the rul­ing party, while KCR’S daugh­ter Kavita is an MP from Nizam­abad and San­tosh Ku­mar, an­other nephew, an RS MP. While there is no clar­ity on KTR be­com­ing a min­is­ter for the second time in his father’s Cabi­net, there are mixed in­di­ca­tions on the fate of Har­ish Rao, who held the ma­jor ir­ri­gation port­fo­lio in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

IANS

School chil­dren dressed up in tra­di­tional at­tire par­tic­i­pate in Pon­gal cel­e­bra­tions in Chennai on Satur­day.

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