Jagan meets governor ahead of cabinet expansion

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday called on Governor E S L Narasimhan here and submitted him a list of 25 ministers to be sworn in on Saturday. Soon after the Governor landed in Vijayawada from Hyderabad, Jagan met him at a hotel and handed him over a list of ministers to be inducted in the cabinet.

The Governor will administer oath to the new ministers at 11:49 am at a ceremony to be held near the state secretariat in Velagapudi in state capital Amaravati, near Vijayawada.

Jagan, as the chief minister is popularly known, had taken oath as the chief minister at a public ceremony in Vijayawada on May 30. Earlier, the YSRCP chief told the newly elected legislators of the party that 25 ministers will take oath on Saturday.

In an unprecedented move, Jagan decided to have five deputy chief ministers, representing Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, minorities and Kapus.

The move is aimed at giving proper representation to major social groups, the party said. This will be the highest ever number of deputy chief ministers in the state. Jagan’s predecessor N. Chandrababu Naidu had two deputies. The YSRCP chief told aLegislature Party meeting on Friday that he will induct 25 ministers in the cabinet. He declared that half of them would be from SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. He also said there will be cabinet reshuffle after two-and-half years to give an opportunity to new ministers.

Jagan led YSRCP to power with a landslide victory last month, winning 151 seats in 175-member Assembly. It also bagged 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats.