Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday remained evasive on the question of inducting his son and Telugu Desam Party General Secretary Nara Lokesh into the state Cabinet. “We will talk about it when there is a cabinet expansion,” he said while addressing a press conference about decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by him in Vijayawada.
TDP leaders, including some ministers, had launched a campaign seeking induction of Naidu's son into the Cabinet. Some MLAs even offered to vacate their seat to enable election of Lokesh to the Assembly as he is not a legislator yet. The clamour for a Cabinet berth for Lokesh has increased in the backdrop of allegations that he has been acting as an “extra-constitutional authority” by interfering in the state administration.
The Chief Minister's recent assurance that a Muslim MLA would soon get a berth in his Cabinet triggered speculation about a possible expansion of the Council of Ministers that had been due since the government took office in 2014.