After nearly nine months of returning to power, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, today, against inducted his nephew T Harish Rao and son K T Rama Rao into his cabinet. Both of them were kept out of the cabinet in December last year intending to check Harish Rao’s influence in the party, so that pave way to hand over power to son, expecting he would migrate to central politics if coalition government forces in 2019 in New Delhi.
However, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returning to power with massive mandate, KCR’s political ambitions turn-down. Moreover, his party TRS also started facing severe political challenges from BJP, which had won four Lok Sabha seats in the state. This makes it inevitable for him to bring back Harish Rao into cabinet with a key finance ministry.
KCR expanded his council of ministers today evening, inducting six more ministers, including his son and nephew. The overall strength of the cabinet has now gone up to 18, including the chief minister.
Newly appointed Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, who was sworn-in by high court chief justice Raghavendra Singh Chouhan in the morning, administered oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan at 4.14 pm.
Apart from Rama Rao and Harish Rao, the other ministers who took oath of office were: Sabita Indra Reddy, Satyavathi Rathod, Gangula Kamalakar and Puvvada Ajay Kumar.