11-09-201911-09-2019 08:48:11 IST
2019-09-11T03:18:11.766Z11-09-2019 2019-09-11T03:18:08.305Z - - 21-01-2020
It looks like the recent expansion in Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao's cabinet has not gone down well with some senior leaders in the TRS. While leaders such as former Home Minister Naini Narasimha Reddy and T Rajaiah have openly criticised KCR's move of sidelining them and their families and giving berth to his son and nephew, others are expressing their feelings in a passive manner.
On Sunday, KCR appointed six ministers including his son, KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao, thereby expanding the Cabinet from the existing 11 ministers to 17.
Narasimha, one of the founding members of TRS, who served as the Home Minister in the first term of TRS, has accused KCR of going back on his promise. The former minister claimed that KCR had assured him a Cabinet berth, and an MLC ticket to his son-in-law Srinivas Reddy. However, these promises weren’t fulfilled, he complained.
Former Deputy CM T Rajaiah also found himself being excluded from the Cabinet. Rajaiah has claimed that his removal from the cabinet means that there is no Madiga (Scheduled Caste) representation in KCR's council.
There are other leaders who have expressed their disappointment but, not so openly. Apparently other MLAs like Jogu Ramanna (Adilabad), Ajmeera Rekha Naik (Khanpur) and Atram Sakku (Asifabad) are miffed with the party leadership on not being given a spot.
Jogu Ramanna, who earlier held the Forests Ministry portfolio, switched off his phone and went incommunicado, according to reports.
With this growing dissent in the party circles, political analysts are speculating the BJP to make a move and take advantage of the situation.
"The BJP will definitely try to exploit this situation and try to grow in the state by bringing the discontented leaders into their fold. For the upcoming Municipal elections in Hyderabad they will be looking at every available opportunity to make a big mark in Telangana," says political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy.
However, Reddy feels that even if the disgruntled MLAs go ahead and join BJP, it won't make much of a difference for KCR as the recent inductees such as Harish Rao, KTR and Sabita Indra Reddy among others are proven names and have a good record.
The experts feel that KCR has ticked all the boxes with this expansion by giving representation to almost all the sections and that even if BJP tries to take advantage of the situation, there won't be much to gain.
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