PM leans on south to make fortunes go north

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PM leans on south to make fortunes go north

Monday, 10 June 2024 | Rajesh Kumar | New Delhi

PM leans on south to make fortunes go north

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inducted several MPs from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Telangana into his Council of Ministers, including actor-turned politician Suresh Gopi, the first MP from the BJP in Thrissur, Kerala.

Two MPs each from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the BJP in Andhra Pradesh, where the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 21 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats, have been inducted in the Council of Ministers. Three-time MP Kinjarapu Ram Mohan Naidu and first-timer Dr Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani have been made Ministers in Modi 3.0. Industrialist and TDP leader Jayadev Galla congratulated the two leaders on their likely induction. Hours before the swearing-in ceremony, TDP leader Jayadev Galla announced the induction of Ram Mohan Naidu, 36, and Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani, 48, as Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers.

Telugu Desam Party’s candidate for Guntur Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh, Dr Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani, with total assets worth `5,705 crore, is the richest Minister in the Council of Ministers of Modi Government 3.0.

He took oath from the quota of the TDP.

Pemmisani had defeated his nearest rival, YSRCP’s Kilari Venkata Rosaiah, by over 3.4 lakh votes in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

From the BJP’s quota in Andhra Pradesh, where it bagged three seats, State unit chief Daggubati Purandeshwari and Narsapuram MP Bhupathi Raju Srinivasa Varma are also inducted in the Council of Ministers.

The Janasena, which won two seats in Andhra Pradesh as a constituent of the NDA, is likely to get the Deputy Speaker’s post in the Lok Sabha. From Telangana, where the saffron party made huge gains, bagging eight seats of the available 17, Bandi Sanjay and G Kishan Reddy are also inducted in the Council of Ministers.

BJP national general secretary Bandi Sanjay Kumar thanked Modi and people of Karimnagar Parliamentary Constituency after his name figured in BJP-led NDA Council of Ministers.

In a post on ‘X’, he said, “From streets of Karimnagar to being recommended for appointment as Minister of State in the Council of Ministers - As I write this, I cannot express enough on how grateful I am to people of Karimnagar Parliamentary Constituency, @BJP4India President Shri @JPNadda ji,@BJP4Telangana Leaders, karyakarthas and most importantly Shri@narendramodi ji.” “Heartfelt thanks to everyone who encouraged me and contributed to this growth,” he said.

Nirmala Sitharaman, HD Kumaraswamy, Prahlad Joshi, Hobha Karandlaje and V Somanna have been inducted from Karnataka. In Karnataka, the NDA bagged 19 seats out of 28. The BJP won 17 while the Janata Dal (Secular) bagged two.

While the NDA has been in power since 2014, this is the first time that the BJP has failed to get a majority on its own. With the running of the Modi Government reliant on allies, NDA partners suddenly find more legroom in what was otherwise a cramped affair.

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