OBC leaders from T have good chance

September 8th, 2010

DC Correspondent

Hyderabad/New Delhi, Sept. 7: Since the ministers of state, Ms
Purandeswari, Ms Panabaka Lakshmi, Mr A. Sai Pratap and Mr M.M. Pallam
Raju belong to the Seema-Andhra region, the chances of MPs belonging
to the Telangana region, that too from OBC communities, to be made
ministers of state have increased.

There has been no representation for these sections in the Union
Cabinet both in UPA-I and UPA-II regimes.

But there are some delicacies involved.

For instance, Congress sources wondered if it would be fair to offer a
minister of state post to a veteran like Mr V. Hanumantha Rao,
three-time MP and former PCC chief. Similarly, Dr K. Kesava Rao,
though a first time MP, was also a PCC chief.

Youngsters such as the Secunderabad MP, Mr Anjan Kumar Yadav, and the
Nizamabad MP, Mr Madhu Yashki Goud, are also eyeing Cabinet berths. Mr
Nandi Yellaiah, who belongs to the Madiga subset of scheduled caste
community, is also dreaming big.

However, chances are not bright for Mr Kavuri Sambasiva Rao (Eluru)
and Mr Rayapati Sambasiva Rao (Guntur) who belong to the Coastal
Andhra area, since Ms Purandeswari from the same social grouping is
already in the Cabinet.

The Prime Minister’s comment that he would reduce the average age of
the Cabinet has enthused young MPs but has given sleepless nights to
the senior ministers.

If Dr Singh goes strictly by the performance of young MPs in the Lok
Sabha, then Mr Manish Tewari (Punjab), Dr Jyoti Mirdha (Rajasthan), Ms
Meenakshi Natrajan (Madhya Pradesh) and Mr Raj Babbar (Uttar Pradesh)
may get a chance.

Mr Rajeev Shukla is another name doing the rounds and there are also
chances of Mr Shashi Tharoor’s return as a minister.


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