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All Andhra Pradesh ministers resign ahead of reconstitution of state cabinet

Council of Ministers to be reconstituted on April 11

Our Bureau, PTI Amravati Published 07.04.22, 06:50 PM
Jagan Mohan Reddy

Jagan Mohan Reddy File picture

All 24 Ministers of the Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Thursday submitted their resignation to Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy ahead of the proposed reorganisation of the Council of Ministers.

The incumbent Ministers put-in their papers at the meeting of the Cabinet, which was their last, official sources said.

They remained in their posts for exactly 34 months.

The Council of Ministers will be reconstituted here on April 11. The chief minister had a meeting with Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on Wednesday night, wherein the cabinet reorganisation was discussed, the sources added.

The makeover was widely anticipated as Jagan Reddy had said he would go in for an entirely new team halfway through his term. The revamp was scheduled in December but had to be put off due to Covid.

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Only one or two ministers from the outgoing team are likely to be retained, sources say. These ministers are not being axed as they are the only members belonging to politically vital communities that need to be represented.

The new cabinet is likely to have representation from each of the newly-formed 26 districts of the state. Caste, region, religion, and gender will be factored in, as in June 2019, when Jagan Reddy took over as Chief Minister.

Reddy had five Deputy Chief Ministers, one each from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Kapu caste and the Muslim minority community. There were three women in the cabinet. The Home Minister was M Sucharita, a woman from the Dalit community. This structure is likely to be repeated.

The outgoing ministers are likely to be given party roles; sources say given their record as ministers and their rapport with the public, they would be useful for coordination.

This is the second time in the history of Andhra Pradesh that an entire cabinet is resigning mid-way.

In 2019, soon after his massive victory in the Andhra Pradesh election, Mr Reddy had said he would pick a new team mid-term as part of his strategy for 2024. The idea was to give everyone a chance and also beat any anti-incumbency against any MLA who has served as minister.

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