Jeevan Reddy re-inducted into Andhra Pradesh cabinet

June 7th, 2008 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, June 6 (IANS) T. Jeevan Reddy Friday returned as minister for roads and buildings in the Andhra Pradesh cabinet. Governor N.D. Tiwari administered the oath of office and secrecy to him at a Raj Bhavan function which was attended by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and his cabinet colleagues.

Jeevan Reddy resigned as minister last month to contest May 29 Lok Sabha by-election from Karimnagar constituency. He was defeated by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao, who retained the seat.

This was his second defeat from the same constituency in a year. However, the TRS chief’s victory margin came down to 15,000 from 220,000 votes last year.

After the defeat in last year’s by-election, Jeevan Reddy was given a cabinet berth by the ruling Congress party.

State Congress president D. Srinivas and the chief minister stated after the by-election results last Sunday that Jeevan Reddy would be re-inducted as minister.

The chief minister also hinted at a cabinet reshuffle. He is likely to drop some ‘non-performing’ ministers and induct new faces as part of preparations for the next year’s elections to the state assembly and the Lok Sabha.

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