The Andhra Pradesh state cabinet will be expanded on Sunday with the inclusion of two new members, filling the vacancies caused by the resignation of two BJP members in March, TDP sources said on Saturday.
Senior legislator N Mohammed Farooq, who is currently the chairman of the state legislative council, would be inducted into the Chandrababu Naidu cabinet along with Kidari Sravan Kumar, son of slain MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao, party sources said.
The two are being inducted into the Cabinet under the minority and the tribal quota as the two communities did not have any representation so far, they said.
Governor E S L Narasimhan would administer the oath of office and secrecy to the two new ministers at 11.45 am on Sunday at the Grievance Hall in Undavalli. Farooq served as a minister earlier in the cabinets of Telugu Desam Party founder N T Rama Rao and, later, Naidu.
He had also served as a deputy speaker of a united Andhra Pradesh Assembly, but lost all the elections since 2004. He was nominated to the Council in July 2017 and made its chairman in November. Five days short of a year in office, Farooq resigned from the Council chairman post on Saturday afternoon, ahead of his induction into the Cabinet.
Sravan, an engineering graduate, will be making his political debut after his father was killed by Maoists in Araku area recently. He is not a member of either House, but Naidu has promised to field him from Araku Valley constituency in the 2019 election.