Immediately after his first cabinet expansion, AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced changing most of his cabinet and giving chance to newcomers after half of his term.
Jagan is reshuffling his cabinet a few months after when he said but is still facing problems. He is said to be facing pressure from the outgoing ministers for a possible comeback.
There are reports that at least eight ministers will be coming back. Some media houses report that this number as high as 10-12. That means about half of the total strength.
That means it is not going to be a change in the most of cabinet as claimed earlier. If that is twelve, it means it is like any other cabinet expansion.
On one side, the Government is ensuring the outgoing ministers give statements that they are not unhappy and will cooperate with Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In case that is real, we will not see so many ministers coming back. With so many of them coming back, it is clear that Jagan’s earlier statement has no value.
Also, it is a disappointment for the aspirants who are expecting berth due to a complete overhaul. Also such a move will showcase Jagan Mohan Reddy as a weak Chief Minister who can not control his own team.
This is in complete opposite to what has happened in 2019 elections wherein there was absolutely no dissent in tickets distribution.
If this is the case now, things will become much complicated before 2024. Many of the sitting MLAs are facing severe anti-incumbency and needs to be changed.
If Jagan give into demands like this, it will not be easy to face the elections. We will get a clear picture of this when new ministers take oath at 11.31 AM.