Hyderabad, Feb 6: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today inducted three legislators – N Utham Kumar Reddy, G Prasad Kumar and Kondru Murali Mohan – into the State Cabinet, taking the strength of council of ministers to 41.
Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy.
The induction of Kondru Murali Mohan from north coastal Andhra region surprised everyone, as the number of ministers from Srikakulam district went up to three – Dharmana Prasada Rao and Satrucherla Vijayarama Raju represent the district already.
Murali Mohan is already a Government whip in the State Assembly which is of the rank of minister of State.
Vikarabad MLA G Prasad Kumar was appointed minister from SC quota replacing P Shanker Rao, who was sacked.
N Utham Kumar Reddy from Nalgonda district was elevated as cabinet minister after the resignation of K Venkat Reddy from the cabinet had caused a vacancy.
The chief minsiter has not filled the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jupally Krishna Rao from Mahbubnagar district. Similarly vacancy arising out of the resignation of Konda Surekha has not been filled up.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar C Raja Narsimha and Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy did not attend the swearing-in ceremony, while Prasad Kumar is from Ranga Reddy district.
APCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana, Speaker Nadendla Manohar, Chairman of AP Legislative Council A Chakrapani and several ministers attended the swearing in ceremony.