AP CM Gets Ready With New Team For 2019 Battle

         DARA GOPI

  • Takes KCR’s formula for induction of YSR Congress MLAs into Cabinet
  • Set to get resignations of YCP MLAs and keep them with the Speaker

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is getting ready with his new team for the 2019 elections. The Cabinet expansion and reshuffle slated for Sunday morning is likely to be the final one for this term, as Chandrababu Naidu would have to give best of his time for two projects of Polavaram and Amaravati for the next one and a half years before getting ready for the next poll battle. The new team would have its full strength of 26 members including the Chief Minister.

Chandrababu Naidu had spent the day holding consultations with the party senior leaders and giving audiences and patient hearing to the aspirants and rivals over the possible inclusion and deletions in the Cabinet. At one point of time, he had roped in Rajya Sabha member C M Ramesh to broker peace between the warring groups from Kadapa district where senior leader Ramasubba Reddy is strongly opposing the Chief Minister’s plans to induct YSR Congress MLA Adinarayana Reddy from the district. The Kadapa leaders met in the house of the district incharge minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and held consultations. Even after the meeting, Ramasubba Reddy was firm on opposing the induction of his rival Adinarayana Reddy. However, it is said that the Chief Minister had made up his mind to take Adinarayana Reddy into the cabinet to counter the Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

In other districts too, there are pressures from the aspirants representing both the Houses. The Chief Minister is understood to have prepared two lists of the probable candidates keeping in mind the district and caste equations besides the compatibility of team to lead the party for the next elections. While the first list is of his choice, he is expected to make some changes taking names from the second list if there is any commotion on the inclusions.

The Chief Minister would send the list of the new cabinet members and the resignations of the dropped Ministers to Governor E S L Narasimhan, who is currently camping in Tirupati. The Governor would fly to Gannavaram airport from there on Sunday morning and conduct the swearing-in ceremony at Velagapudi.

Meanwhile, in the light of the Governor raising objections over inclusion of the YSR Congress legislators into the Cabinet as the TDP had opposed a similar act in Telangana State where TDP MLA Talasani Srinivasa Yadav was made a Minister, the AP Chief Minister is said to have decided on following the formula of K Chandrasekhar Rao. The TS government had secured resignation of Talasani and kept it with the Assembly Speaker to justify his induction into the Cabinet. Chandrababu Naidu is now said to have decided to take the resignations of the YSR Congress legislators whom he is intending to take them into the Cabinet. The TDP leaders are confident that the Governor would have no objections of the resignations are obtained and submitted to the Speaker.

 

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