When the leader is committed to give the best to the people and confident of handling the powers that be, the least recognised is put on the top. That’s what late Indira Gandhi did during her days. She used to pick up the ministers and chief ministers, even Governors, on her choice, most of them insignificant, unknown and unnoticed. Later, it was late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy in Andhra Pradesh, who made a woman, Sabita Indra Reddy, as the Home Minister in the undivided State. The Home Ministry, as it was felt, is a male bastion and the woman may not succeed was what many people thought. But, she proved everyone wrong and she was successful home minister.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy went one step forward and picked up a Dalit woman minister to the State Home Department. He had made Dalit woman, Mekathoti Sucharitha, the home minister of Andhra Pradesh, surprising everyone in the State and in the neighbouring.
The State DGP, Guatham Sawang, is already a known soft officer. Now, he has a woman boss for the department, which is one of the toughest wing of the government. Handling the police is not an easy task and still Jaganmohan Reddy has confidence in picking up one soft man as the DGP and one educated Dalit woman as Home Minister.
Jaganmohan Reddy had several surprises in his cabinet. The first thing was that he had kept all those who claim bigger than the party leader and were sure of cabinet berth, were kept aside. The cabinet compilation was a big sock to these aspirants who are under impression that there would be no government without their presence. He picked up those who are, some of them, not in the race nor have any hopes of making it to the cabinet.
The five deputy chief ministers, each representing one caste in the State, was first looked somewhat odd, but when it became a reality, people began to admire the leadership for the decision. So is the composition of the cabinet. However, those who were kept outside the corridors of power are not small leaders. It is to be seen whether their dissidence would get subside or have some adverse impact on the rule of Jaganmohan Reddy as the days roll out.