Monday, June 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] C. Damodar Rajanarasimha, a Telangana Dalit is Deputy CM of AP

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Rajanarasimha is Deputy CM

Special Correspondent

Portfolios of Ministers likely to be shuffled soon

HYDERABAD: Fifty three-year-old C. Damodar Rajanarasimha, a Dalit
leader from Medak district, was formally appointed as Deputy Chief
Minister of the State on Friday evening, marking completion of an
exercise by the Congress leadership to fill several top level

A notification said that the Governor, in exercise of the powers
conferred upon him by Article 164 (1) of the Constitution, on the
advice of the Chief Minister, had appointed Mr. Rajanarasimha as
Deputy Chief Minister with effect from June 10.

With this, the vacant posts of Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Legislative
Council Chairman, and Deputy Chairman, besides the Pradesh Congress
president have been filled, in almost one go. It is not clear whether
or not Mr. Rajanarasimha, who presently holds the portfolio of Higher
Education and additional charge of Agriculture, would be given another
portfolio in tune with his elevation.

There were indications that he was eyeing the Home portfolio being
handled now by Sabitha Indra Reddy, who became the first woman Home
Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Sources attributed the time lag between
the announcement and appointment of Mr. Rajanarasimha as Deputy CM to
his reported insistence on getting the Home portfolio.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is likely to utilise this
opportunity to reshuffle his Cabinet, more so to reallocate portfolios
in order to rectify the 'social imbalance' in his team. When he
constituted his Cabinet last November, there was furore among a
section of Ministers complaining that weaker sections had been given a
short shrift in portfolio allocation.

It is believed that the reshuffle may take place towards the
month-end. Mr. Reddy is expected to hold consultations with the new
APCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana after the latter formally assumes
charge on Saturday. Mr. Satyanarayana was very vocal in his view that
Ministers from a dominant community had been given plum portfolios. If
the latter has his way, some of them may be shifted to
not-so-significant portfolios.

PR merger

The reshuffle could coincide with the completion of formalities of
Praja Rajyam's merger with the Congress since a minimum of two PR
legislators are expected to be inducted into the team.


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