AP to get lion’s share in Cabinet reshuffle
Andhra Pradesh, the state with the highest number of Congress MPs, is likely to get a lion’s share in the reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers which is slated at New Delhi tomorrow, Congress party sources said today. The sources told UNI that actor-turned-politician K Chiranjeevi and former chief minister K Vijayabhaskara Reddy’s son K Suryaprakash Reddy are among five Congress MPs who were likely to be inducted into the ministry. Killi Krupa Rani, Balram Naik and Sarve Satyanarayana were also likely to be inducted in the ministry. Mr Satyanarayana has confirmed that he is getting the ministership in the reshuffle. Barring Mr Chiranjeevi, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, others are members of the lower house of Parliament. To silence the strong demand from the Telangana leaders for a separate statehood, Mr Satyanarayana and Balram Naik who were from the Telangana region were being included in the Union ministry by the Congress high command while Mr Chiranjeevi and Krupa Rani are from coastal Andhra Pradesh. Mr Suryaprakash Reddy is from Rayalaseema region. The central leadership has advised them to be available in the national capital tomorrow. The five-MPs were likely to get the status of Minister of State in the Manmohan Singh ministry, the sources said. Mr Chiranjeevi, the Telugu superstar who had merged his Praja Rajyam Party with the Congress is leaving for New Delhi along with his family members this evening to be present at the swearing-in ceremony.