A day after the announcement, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy today constituted his cabinet with 25 ministers being sworn-in here State Secretariat, Velagapudi. Governor E S L Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers.
Among 25 ministers, 6 members - Botsa Satyanarayana, Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, Pitani Viswarup, Mopidevi Venkatramna, Balineni Srinivasa Reddy and Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy had served in the cabinet of Jagan Mohan Reddy's late father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in undivided Andhra Pradesh. Remaining, all are first-time ministers.
Of them, Subhash Chandra Bose and Mopidevi Venkatramna were both defeated in Assembly elections. While Bose is a member of Legislative Council, Venkatraman is likely to be nominated to the upper House.
The swearing-in ceremony began at 11.49 a.m., the auspicious time set by Jagan Reddy's advisors.
Dharmana Krishna Das was the first to be sworn-in. Adimulapu Suresh and M Goutham Reddy took oath in English while the remaining ministers took oath in Telugu. Amjad Basha, the lone Muslim Minister, took oath in the name of 'Allah'.
As announced earlier, five of the ministers will be Deputy Chief Ministers. In an unprecedented move, Jagan Mohan Reddy decided to have five deputies, each from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, minorities and Kapus.
The names of Deputy Chief Ministers are expected to be announced later in the day. 60 per cent of the ministers are from SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. There are 11 ministers from upper castes - Reddys 4, Kapus 4, Kamma 1, Vyshya 1 and Kshatriya 1.
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