Amravati (Andhra Pradesh):
Keeping tabs on the 2024 assembly elections in the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is set for a cabinet reshuffle with up to 19 ministers likely to be sacked.
The chief minister is likely to induct new ministers into the state cabinet within days, with ongoing predictions that the swearing-in could even take place on April 9, sources told the agency. of the ANI press.
Sources told ANI that only four of the incumbent ministers could retain their posts.
The chief minister, sources added, will submit the final list of new ministers to Governor Biswabhushan Harichandran by April 9.
Mr. Reddy reportedly handed the final list of 19 ministers removed from the state cabinet to the governor on Wednesday.
In the current cabinet, there are five deputy chief ministers. Mr Reddy is likely to have five new deputy chief ministers as part of his strategy to balance caste in the state.
Currently, the five Deputy Chief Ministers represent Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Backward Caste, Minority and Kapu communities.
In addition, there are 11 upper caste ministers, including four from the Reddy community, seven from the OBC, five from SC and one from the ST and Muslim communities.
With state assembly elections scheduled for 2024 in Andhra Pradesh, this reshuffle is significant.
Mr Reddy, halfway through his term after assuming the post of Chief Minister, had indicated that he would reorganize the Cabinet. The reshuffle was supposed to take place last December, but it was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Last month, Mr Reddy said the Cabinet reorganization would take place after Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, which was April 2.
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