Chief Minister Chandrababu Naid is said to have made up his mind to go for Cabinet expansion. Though it was felt that he would expand the cabinet before Dasara, he had finally decided to have it after Diwali, this week.
The cabinet has two vacancies, following the resignation of the two Ministers from the BJP, Kamineni Srinivas and Pydikondala Manikyala Rao. The BJP Ministers left the Cabinet following the Telugu Desam Party breaking its alliance with the NDA in April this year accusing the NDA government of doing injustice to the state by denying special category status or the special package for the State.
These two posts are vacant from then onwards and Chandrababu Naidu had been looking at various options to fill them. The initial indications say that the Chief Minister had zeroed in on former minister and Legislative Council chairman N Md Farooq to be one choice for the Cabinet this time. There has been no representation for the Muslims in the Cabinet. The Cabinet also has no representation for the Scheduled Tribes.
As the TDP is heading for the next round of polls, Chandrababu Naidu wants to give the Muslims and the STs their due representation in the new cabinet. Besides Farooq, the Chief Minister is also said to be looking at Paderu slain MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao’s son, Kidari Sravan Kumar. With these inductions into the cabinet, Chandrababu Naidu is of the firm opinion that the Muslims and STs would vote him.
Chandrababu Naidu believes that induction of Sravan Kumar, a non-MLA, would help him get the sympathy from the STs spread over a dozen constituencies in the north coastal and the two Godavari districts. As there are just six months left for the next general elections, there is no need for Sravan Kumar to get elected to continue in the Cabinet. He can as well continue for this six months grace period, adding some vote benefits to the TDP in the name of his father Kidari Sarveswara Rao.