Amaravathi, February 3
The AP cabinet expansion has been getting postponed due to various reasons. It was expected that the cabinet reshuffle will take place during last Dasara or after municipal elections in last December. Nothing happened. Now according to latest information, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet expansion may be delayed further. Rumours are abuzz that the expansion may take place only after Assembly budget sessions.
The budget session is likely to commence from February last week and continue till mid-March.
Normally no government will reshuffle its cabinet before budget sessions as it will be difficult for the new ministers to face the assembly sessions before gaining a hold on their ministries.
Another reason is that those who could not get a berth in the AP cabinet may express their frustration in the session.
It was told that the assembly sessions would be held in two phases this time. The winter session will be held in second or third week of February and after a short gap, budget sessions will be conducted.
The State government is mulling to plan its budget after the allotments in union budget. Besides graduates and teachers MLCs elections and local bodies elections would be held in March. TDP will estimate the working style of ministers, MLAs and other senior leaders in various districts after these elections.
MLC elections under MLA quota may be conducted in the last week of March or first week of April. Party leaders observed that MLCs selection may affect the cabinet expansion.
Chandrababu Naidu’s first cabinet has been continuing without any changes for the past two and half years. Normally Naidu gives his team two years time to prove their mettle and after that only he will make changes. But this time his crew got some more time.