Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Reddy said during a meeting of the YSR Congress party on Friday that his cabinet will have a total of 25 ministers, including five deputy CMs.
The state will be the first to have record five deputy chief ministers as chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy seeks to represent all sections of the society.The cabinet will take the oath of office on Saturday.
The deputy Chief Ministers will represent Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, minorities and the Kapu communities, said leaders in Reddy’s party.
“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.
Reddy reportedly also told his party leaders that the cabinet would predominantly comprise members from the weaker sections, “contrary to expectations that the Reddy community would get a lion’s share”. He said his cabinet would be a mix of senior leaders, who had worked with the late Y S Rajashekara Reddy and young MLAs.
There are a total of 151 MLAs of which many arte hopeful of a cabinet berth including 13 women leaders
While, previously, in Chandrababu Naidu’s government in the state, there were two deputy Chief Ministers, one each from the Kapu and backward classes communities.
Reddy has categorically said that he won’t 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,” Reddy said.
Further, he 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 not hesitate to do so. He has also advocated for young, fresh faces occupying almost a half of his team.
Meanwhile, he will put on halt wasteful expenditure by reviewing all projects. This includes dream capital Amaravati, where Mr Naidu had planned to spend over Rs. 50,000 crore rupees, Polavaram and several other irrigation and infrastructure projects. He already stopped all contracts where work has not been grounded. Work has stopped in every other project where not more than 25 per cent implementation has happened.
Jagan Reddy has set for himself an ambitious target of earning for Andhra Pradesh the tag of ‘best-governed state’ within six months or one year. He said the cabinet would be reconstituted after a mid-term review of the government’s performance.
The 46-year-old leader led his party to a landslide victory in the recent state and national elections in Andhra Pradesh. His party won 151 of the 175 seats in the state assembly, wiping out N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party. The party also won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
Jagan Reddy is the second chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, after Naidu, post its bifurcation to create Telangana.