Reports coming from New Delhi about the possibility of reshuffle and expansion of the Union Cabinet have revived the hopes of some ministers in the TDP. Even though the BJP leadership has so far dropped no clear hints about the possibility of giving a few more berths to its allies such as TDP and Shiv Sena during the expected rejig, some of the yellow party leaders believe that the party may be given one more berth (Minister of State).
According to sources, four of the party MPs have already positioned themselves to grab the coveted seat, if it is allocated to the TDP. Rajya Sabha member Garikapati Mohana Rao, who is reortedly close to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is said to have begun making efforts to convince his boss to pick him for the possible additional berth.
As Naidu had earlier promised that he would be allotting whatever additional berth the party gets in the Union Cabinet to the Telangana TDP leaders, Rao is now reportedly building his argument to stake a claim to the seat by recalling the same promise.
Similarly, veteran politico JC Diwakar Reddy and Hindupur MP Nimmala Kistappa are also said to be in the race. Businessman-turned-politico and newly elected member to the Rajya Sabha TG Venkatesh is also understood to have started pressuring the TDP leadership to consider his candidature for the expected berth.
Interestingly, there is a buzz within the party circles that the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology YS Chowdary might be dropped during Cabinet reshuffle as his firm is facing a case with regard to repayment of loan to Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB). However, some of the TDP leaders are not ready to buy this argument. Their logic is that in such case, Naidu would not have renewed Chowdary's membership in the Upper House.