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Entire Andhra Pradesh cabinet resigns ahead of reshuffle

Ahead of the cabinet reshuffle, all the ministers of Andhra Pradesh cabinet have resigned with immediate effect.

After concluding the last cabinet meeting this afternoon, all 24 cabinet ministers have submitted their resignations to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Andhra Pradesh Secretariat on Thursday.

Sources said the new minister will take oath on April 11.

Ahead of the 2024 assembly elections in the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is all set for a cabinet reshuffle in which 19 ministers are likely to be dropped.

The chief minister is likely to induct new ministers in the state cabinet in a few days, with speculations that the swearing-in may also take place on April 9.

Sources said only four of the incumbent ministers can retain their posts. Sources said that the Chief Minister will submit the final list of new ministers to Governor Vishwabhushan Harichandran before April 9.

Reddy on Wednesday submitted the final list of 19 ministers being dropped from the cabinet to the governor.

There are five deputy CMs in the current cabinet. Reddy is likely to have five new deputy chief ministers as part of his strategy to strike a caste balance in the state. At present, five deputy CMs represent the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Castes, Minorities and Kapu communities.

Also, there are 11 ministers from upper castes, including four from Reddy community, seven from OBC, five from SC and one minister each from ST and Muslim communities. The reshuffle assumes significance, with state assembly elections due in Andhra Pradesh due in 2024.

Reddy had indicated that he would reconstitute the cabinet after assuming the post of CM during his tenure. The rejig was supposed to take place last December, but was postponed due to COVID-19. Last month, Reddy had said that the cabinet reconstitution would take place after the Telugu New Year Ugadi, which was on April 2.

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