Andhra Pradesh will have five deputy chief ministers as Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy aims to please all sections of the society after a landslide victory in the Assembly polls. Jagan said during a meeting of the YSRCP Legislative Party at YSRCP headquarters in Tadepalligudem on Friday that his cabinet will have a total of 25 ministers, including five deputy CMs. They will be sworn in on Saturday.
This is the first time in the country that a state will have five deputy CMs.
“As people of all sections and castes put their faith and trust in Jagan, he is trying to have representatives of all castes and communities in the cabinet. This is to appease all the sections of society,’’ a party leader said.
Jagan told the MLAs that the five deputy CMs would represent the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, BCs and minorities and Kapu community. The Kapu community, which had backed the Telugu Desasm Party (TDP) in 2014, lent support to Jagan this time around and hence the representation in the cabinet.
Jagan said that the cabinet would be a mix of senior leaders who had worked with the late Y S Rajashekara Reddy and young MLAs.
MLA from Kadapa Ahmed Basha, former Congress ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, Dharmana Prasad Rao, and seniors like Balineni Srinivas Reddy, Ambati Ram Babu, A Ramakrishna Reddy may find a place in the cabinet.
With 151 MLAs, there is pressure on Jagan to allot ministerial berths and posts. There are aspirants among the 13 women leaders as well, including two-time MLA R K Roja.
During the meeting, Jagan also told the MLAs that he would not tolerate any corruption. “People are watching us closely. We have a big mandate and bigger responsibility. There should be no corruption at any level, and we should maintain transparency in all our dealings,’’ Jagan said.
It is likely that Jagan would reward youngsters who worked with him in the party after joining in 2014.
Jagan also warned that the ministers’ tenure would be for two and half years and if they do not perform well, or if he feels that they should be replaced, he would do so.
Jagan said he would make way for fresh faces halfway through his term.