In an unprecedented move, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy today decided to have five Deputy Chief Ministers under him in a full 25-member Cabinet. The new Council of Ministers will be sworn in at a public function in Amaravati on tomorrow.
The Chief Minister held a meeting of the YSR Congress Legislature Party at his residence in which he announced the decision to appoint five Deputy Chief Ministers. Accordingly, one each from SC, ST, BC, minority and Kapu communities would be made Deputy CMs.
He also told his legislators 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 the Cabinet would be reconstituted two and a half years later after a mid-term review of the government’s performance.
Jagan’s decision to have five deputies is seen as a revolutionary step that is aimed at keeping those communities in good humour.