Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) is in no hurry to pick his cabinet ministers. He's going easy for now as he wants to be extra cautious about who he picks as his cabinet members for the second term. Former Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali took oath as the Home Minister after KCR was sworn-in as the CM last Thursday at Raj Bhavan.
The TRS supremo, it is learnt, is determined to give representation to all sections of people in his Cabinet. The selection for various ministries will be made based on the performance of the potential leaders in implementing government schemes and their connect with the people. The two-time CM also made it clear that loyalty and capabilities are two parameters to qualify to be a part of his cabinet.
According to sources, KCR is planning to provide cabinet berths to 6 to 8 candidates by the end of the month, with an eye to have a comprehensive cabinet after the Lok Sabha polls. In the inaugural Assembly session at the end of the month, the newly elected legislators are likely to be sworn-in. Also, KCR is taking special interest in appointing key officers for handling the administrative affairs of certain ministries.
Meanwhile, the Telangana CM is focused on speeding-up the irrigation project work, completion of Mission Bhagiratha, implementing the development programs in rural areas in compliance with the amended Panchayat Raj Act.
On the other side, political analysts do not seem to be finding fault with KCR's delay in forming the cabinet. In addition to the newly elected 88 TRS MLAs, two independent candidates and the seven AIMIM legislators add up to the TRS tally. Negotiations are on to rope in 12 Congress MLAs to the TRS, while it is rumoured that as many as eight of them are ready to jump the ship.
In this scenario, KCR is quite relaxed when it comes to the need for a cabinet in place. However, speculation is rife that a set of ministries would be covered in KCR's preliminary list for cabinet formation.
Here's the probable list of Telangana Cabinet ministers making the rounds on social media.
(1) Srihari Kadiyam - Deputy CM and Education Minister
(2) E.Rajender- Finance Minister
(3) KT Rama Rao - IT & Panchayath Raj Minister
(4) T Harish Rao - Minister for Irrigation & Legislative Affairs
(5) Niranjan Reddy - Minister for Home Affairs
(6) Narendar Reddy - Minister for Power
(7) Pocharam Srinivas Reddy - Agriculture Minister
(8) Padma Rao - Transport Minister
- Padma Devender - Speaker of the Assembly
- Dr Sanjay Kumar - Deputy Speaker of the Assembly
The total size of the Council of Ministers for Telangana is 18, in proportion to the Number of MLA Seats in Telangana Legislative Assembly.
There are other loyalists Vimala Prashant Reddy from Nizamabad district and MLC Palla Rajeswar Reddy who have a possibillity of getting a berth in the Cabinet. Jogu Ramanna, G. Jagadish Reddy, A. Indrakaran Reddy, all from his first term Cabinet could be retained. Former home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy will likely be sent to Parliament.
Four MLAs present in the last Cabinet were defeated in the recently conducted elections. Tribal welfare minister Chandu-Lal lost in the elections and his position might be taken over by former minister D.S. Redyanaik or first-time MLA Rekha Naik from the Scheduled Tribe community. If Rekha Naik is inducted, she will fulfill the ST quota and also the women's quota. It is being said that Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Puvvada Ajay Kumar, and Danam Nagendar could also be inducted in the new cabinet. Watch this space for more updates on Telangana cabinet members.