Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy will have a record five Deputy Chief Ministers in one go.
In a meeting on Friday morning, Jaganmohan Reddy told his party lawmakers that he would have five deputies and a full 25-member cabinet which would represent aspirations of all communities. The new ministers will be sworn-in on Saturday.
Leader of Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress said that the deputy chief ministers will represent Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, minorities and the Kapu communities.
Jagan Reddy reportedly told his legislators that the Cabinet would predominantly comprise members from the weaker sections contrary to the expectations that the Reddy community would get a lion’s share. He further informed that the cabinet would be reconstituted after a mid-term review of the government’s performance.
There were two deputy chief ministers in the N Chandrababu Naidu-led government, one each from the Kapu and backward classes communities.
Reddy led his party to a huge victory in the recent state and national elections in Andhra Pradesh.
The YSR Congress won 151 of the 175 seats in the state assembly wiping out Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party. YSR Congress also won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.