Special Correspondent

AICC green signal only temporary respite for Chief Minister

  • No representation from five districts in the present Cabinet
  • No full-time Ministers for some key portfolios

    HYDERABAD: The green signal given by the AICC to the proposal of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to postpone expansion of his Cabinet till the constitution of the Legislative Council indicates what a difficult exercise it could be for him.

    Dr. Reddy promised during the recent brainstorming session of the APCC that he would undertake the expansion soon but revised his decision later on the ground that this could not be done until the Upper House came into existence.

    The AICC's support for his plan is only a temporary respite as he will have to undertake the complex task of accommodating various interests in a few weeks from now.

    The Congress came back to power after nine long years in 2004 and several young as well as senior leaders are in the race for Cabinet berths.

    Sources said that a major exercise like selection of candidates for the Council could not be clubbed with or simultaneously undertaken along with the Cabinet expansion.

    "There are several social and political factors to be taken into account. A balancing act demands that Council formation precede the expansion exercise to curb dissent," the sources said.

    Though five districts are unrepresented in the Cabinet, three among them Khammam, Hyderabad and Chittoor have become tough propositions for Dr. Reddy in the expansion exercise. West Godavari and Mahabubnagar districts too have no representation.

    From the administrative point of view, there are no full-time Ministers for some key portfolios.