The new Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, who assumed office a week ago, has decided to appoint five deputy chief ministers (DCMs) and 25 cabinet ministers to the 175-member strong state assembly.
The five DCMs will be selected from five different sections of the society, namely SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities, and the Kapu community, he told the media.
With this, Andhra Pradesh would create a new record of having five DCMs in a state in India. Uttar Pradesh, with 403 members in the assembly, has two DCMs since 2017.
While critics call the move as political populism, Jagan has claimed it as a way to fulfil aspirations of all communities. The DCMs and ministers are scheduled to take oath on Saturday.
Jagan’s party YSR Congress won 151 seats in the Assembly polls last month. The party also won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
Prashant Kishor and Mamata Banerjee (credit: Zee News and Wikimedia Commons)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has sought the help of political strategist Prashant Kishor to win 2021 Assembly polls in the state. She reportedly signed up for an ‘election-winning package’ with the political strategist on Thursday amid fears of ceding ground to the BJP in the state.
The move comes after the BJP won 18 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the recently concluded general elections. Mamata Banerjee’s TMC could win only 22 seats as against 34 won in 2014. The BJP has emerged the main challenger to the ruling party, and it is predicted to grow further in the state, much to Ms Banerjee’s chagrin.
Prashant Kishor worked with aspirant Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. He was also credited for the JDU-RJD alliance win in the Bihar assembly elections in 2015. Later, he joined the JDU and has become its Vice President.
Recently, Prashant Kishor strategized for Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress, which swept both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls last month. However, his strategy for the Congress-SP combine in the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh failed to do the magic as the alliance showed up with just 54 seats in the 403-seat assembly, while the BJP captured power with 325 seats.