Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will expand his cabinet on Sunday. The Chief Minister decided to undertake the exercise (at 4 PM) on Sunday, which is an auspicious day of 'Dasami', an official release said here Saturday night.
Rao has informed Governor-designate Tamilisai Soundararajan about the Cabinet expansion, it said. Soundararajan will take over as the new Governor of Telangana on Sunday in place of ESL Narasimhan (who stepped down) on Saturday. In addition to Rao, the Cabinet comprises 11 members at present. The release said the cabinet would meet on Sunday evening to approve the budget.
Chief Minister has instructed Chief Secretary SK Joshi to make arrangements at Raj Bhavan for swearing in of the new ministers.
A cabinet meeting has also been fixed at 7 pm in Pragati Bhavan to approve the annual budget which is to be tabled in the assembly on Monday.
There has been speculation and demands from some MLAs that Rao's son KT Rama Rao, who is working president of the ruling TRS, be taken into the council of ministers. Another notable absentee in the present cabinet is the Chief Minister's nephew and senior TRS MLA T Harish Rao, who had handled irrigation earlier.
His exclusion from the Cabinet after TRS came to power for the second time in December last year with a thumping majority came as a surprise to some. Gutta Sukhender Reddy, Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Patnam Mahender Reddy are likely to be inducted into the cabinet.
KCR, who was earlier criticised for not having any woman in the cabinet, may include Sabita Indrareddy who was Home Minister in YS Rajasekhar Reddy cabinet in United Andhra Pradesh. Sabita joined TRS recently after quitting Congress.
(With PTI inputs)