Andhra Pradesh cabinet expansion proposed by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on November 8 or 9 with‘largesse’ in favour of the YSRCP defectors seems unlikely to happen.The petition pending disposal in the Supreme Court over the defection of the TDP MLAs to the ruling TRS in Telangana appears to be a roadblock for the Naidu’s cabinet expansion plan to become a reality.
According to information, the Supreme Court set November 8 as the deadline for the TS Assembly Speaker to express his viewpoint over the plea of the petitioner, also Congress MLA from Mahbubnagar district, for disqualification of turncoats. Even as the matter is pending in the court, one of the defectors Talasani Srinivas Yadav got a plum post in the KCR cabinet in the Telangana government.
The AP CM is understood to tread with caution while entertaining the thought of anointing the YSRCP defectors as ministers so as to avoid embarrassment if the Supreme Court rules against defections in Telangana. The cabinet expansion, if it takes place as per the schedule, is also expected to put an end to the speculations over the political career of Naidu’s son Lokesh Babu. The TDP ranks have been making a strong case in favour Lokesh’s elevation as a minister.
Meanwhile, sources in the TDP told The Hans India that Naidu is in favour of admitting at least three YSRCP defectors in his Council of Ministers. Probable among them are Jaleel Khan (Vijayawada West) under the minorities quota, Bhuma Nagi Reddy or his daughter from Kurnool district, Jyothula Nehru from East Godavari district and Srujana Ranga Rao from Vizianagaram district. Naidu is expected to accommodate at least three defectors.