Telangana CM Revanth Reddy meets KC Venugopal in Delhi amid speculation on portfolios

Revanth Reddy was scheduled to return to Hyderabad late Friday and be present for the first session of the Assembly on Saturday.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Dec 08, 2023 | 6:01 PMUpdatedDec 08, 2023 | 10:03 PM

Telangana portfolios

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Friday, 8 December, was in the national capital New Delhi for finalisation of the portfolios of his Cabinet ministers.

Though it is more than one day now, the 11 ministers who took oath of office along with Revanth Reddy are functioning without portfolios.

The newly-anointed chief minister met party General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal in the capital and is believed to have discussed the allocation of portfolios.

Revanth Reddy was scheduled to be back in Hyderabad late on Friday and be present when the new MLAs take oath in the Assembly on Saturday morning.

While he was in Delhi, he also resigned as MP of Malkajgiri.

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Unusual delay

Usually, allocation of portfolios takes place hours after the chief minister takes over. This is probably for the first time that it is taking too long, suggesting backroom negotiations.

Even when late YS Rajasekhar Reddy became the chief minister, there was no hitch in allocation of the portfolios.

There was some trouble when Rajasekhar Reddy’s successor N Kiran Kumar Reddy took over as the chief minister following the demise of the former.

Some ministers confronted Kiran Kumar Reddy for allocation of insignificant portfolios to them at that time.

If Revanth Reddy had to go to Delhi even for allocation of portfolios, political circles in Hyderabad wondered how much freedom he would have in taking policy decisions.

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After 2 guarantees, the Praja darbar

Chief Minister Revanth Reddy appeared a man in a hurry soon after he took charge of the state.

The very first meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday signed off on two of the six guarantees made by the Congress party ahead of the polls.

Women of Telangana will travel free on Telangana Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) buses across the state from 9 December, marking former Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s birthday.

On the same day, the health insurance coverage under the Arogyashri scheme would go up to ₹10 lakh for the residents of Telangana.

On Friday, Revanth Reddy held his promised “Praja Darbar” — People’s Court — at the newly-christened Jyotirao Phule Praja Bhavan on Friday.

Revanth Reddy had earlier announced the Darbar would be held at Praja Bhavan, previously known as Pragati Bhavan, the official camp office-cum-residence of the chief minister.

A long queue of people from all walks of life and various parts of the state waited since morning to present their grievances to the chief minister. They were seen holding memoranda in their hands, waiting for their turn to enter the Praja Bhavan.

The chief minister started receiving representations immediately after arriving at the Darbar.

The officials made arrangements for the people to be seated in a hall in the first building, which the former chief minister, the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, had used as his camp office.